When the ancient Polynesians invented surfing, they often used a paddle to help them navigate. Fast-forward a few millennia, and Stand-Up Paddleboarding, or SUP, finds itself trendy again. Part of its increasing popularity is that standing upright allows surfers to spot waves more easily and thus catch more of them, multiplying the fun factor. Paddling back to the wave becomes less of a strain as well. The ability to cruise along on flat inland water, surveying the sights, is another advantage. Finally, its a good core workout. If youre sold on the idea, schedule an intro SUP lesson, free with board and paddle rental, and you may find yourself riding the waves like a Polynesian king.More
In the past 30 years, light artists have reimagined an art form that has always had the ability to turn the night sky, or a simple window, into luminescence. Last fall, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts turned its southern glass wall into a parade of sound-sensing lights, Lightswarm, that changes with the movements of nearby people and things. Future Cities Lab, the San Francisco design company behind Lightswarm, has originated another notable light sculpture. Located by the YBCA's steps at 701 Mission, Murmur Wall will light up in arresting ways as it incorporates local trending search engine results and social media postings. Onlookers can offer their own contributions, which will feed into the Murmur Wall's data stream and light up the sculpture. What's trending in San Francisco? If you're walking by the YBCA, you can see firsthand — at least through light patterns that reflect the city's volatile internet habits.
Murmur Wall debuts Thursday at 6 p.m. and continues through May 31, 2017, at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, 701 Mission St., S.F. Free; 415-978-2700 or ybca.org. More
Bridges are among the first things that come to mind when people around the world think of San Francisco, but how many of us know anything about them? Lucky for us, local architect Donald MacDonald is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on bridges. His firm helped with the Golden Gate Bridge’s seismic retrofit, and it has been instrumental in the construction of the Bay Bridge’s new eastern span. Once completed, it will be the world’s largest self-anchored suspension span, and new addition to our already spectacular skyline. The Bay Bridge’s younger and hotter sister, meanwhile, the Golden Gate Bridge, was also an engineering marvel — by 1937 standards. Today, MacDonald and the San Francisco Historical Society offer A Tale of Two Bridges, a boat tour where you can observe and learn about our two best-known bridges. Also included on the tour is a pass by Alcatraz, about which MacDonald also has extensive knowledge. He’s written books on the history and design of Alcatraz as well as the Golden Gate Bridge, which remains one of the most photographed structures in the world. We imagine you’ll take a few photos on this trip, but by day’s end you’ll know all about what you shot.
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Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'.
Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"