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
For those who lived through 1978, it seemed that San Francisco had been gripped by madness. Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were assassinated. Nearly 1,000 people from the People's Temple – which originated in San Francisco – died in Jonestown, Guyana. Thirty-three years later, the effects of the city’s “days of darkness” still linger. The events are ones that the city cannot, and should not, forget. In Double Play: The Hidden Passions Behind the Double Assassination of George Moscone and Harvey Milk, author Mike Weiss investigates Dan White’s motivations for murdering Moscone and Milk, and how White got away with a reduced manslaughter charge. From these familiar topics, Weiss conjures a true-crime thriller as gripping as anything devised by the likes of James Patterson or Sue Grafton. Weiss commemorates the year and its devastating milestones at A Wake for 1978 with the help of notable contemporaries. In addition to screenings of rare videos of Milk, Moscone, and White, Jack Hirschman reads his poem "The Jonestown Arcane.” Leah Garchik reads Herb Caen's landmark column about the tumultuous year. Joel Selvin reviews the year’s iconic music.
Fri., Nov. 18, 7 p.m., 2011
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.'"