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
With neighborhood institutions like the 21 Club closing to make way for yuppie cocktail bars, Brown Jug remains an oasis — and one that takes full advantage of the state's operating hours window, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
Anyone who has ever begrudgingly wedged themselves into the crowd at a communal table has no doubt cursed manage-ment and architect alike, but is it possible that eateries have loftier goals than maximizing head count? Join California Home+Design’s Erin Feher for Design and Eating as she grills three local architects on sustainability, culture, and commu-nity in Bay Area restaurant design. The glossy’s executive editor is joined by David Darling, the mastermind behind local favorites Bar Agricole and Wexlers, as well as Douglas Burnham and Robert Polacek. We have Burnham to thank for Delfina’s pizzerias and Domaine Chandon in Napa, but he spends much of his time at the California College of the Arts as an adjunct professor who lectures on craft and the urban condition. Polacek often waxes rhapsodic about design as a way to enable communities to gather and generate change in society, and names Dolores Park as a place to find him on most weekends. The panel marks the New York-based Culintro’s first foray in San Francisco, and the national restaurant organization prom-ises to be more than just big ideas: An open bar and light snacks follow the discussion, where speakers mingle with design enthusiasts and foodies.
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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.'"