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
The Kids in the Hall is among the rare series we keep on auto-repeat on Netflix streaming. We go through all five seasons of the Canadian sketch comedy show, and were ready to start again from the beginning. Its just that good. We do have one problem with the show, however: Which of the five members of the legendary troupe is our favorite? Mark McKinney? Bluesman. Headcrusher. Chicken Lady! Bruce McCulloch? Heavy-metal teenager. Hapless secretary. Cabbage Head! David Foley? Elderly executive. South American B-movie star. Mr. Heavyfoot! But for tonight, well identify Kevin McDonald and Scott Thompson as our co-favorites because they appear together in Two Kids, One Hall. The openly gay Thompson is embraced by queer populations partly because of his character Buddy Cole, the lovable proprietor of a gay bar who pushed every homo stereotype to its outer limit. He plays the dumb straight guy as well as the dumb gay guy, and the biggest queen of them all, Elizabeth II. The wiry McDonald, meanwhile, has a high-pitched, overcompensating, pseudo-confident delivery that fits his many personae including horror show host, maligned pizza cook, and well-intentioned pimp. We have no idea what theyll bring to the stage. The fact that theyre here together is all we need to know.
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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.'"