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
Nothing caps off a nice day at the beach like a mouthful of sand — especially if the grit in your teeth is the reward for the grit required to splay flat-out on your stomach, for the prize of a plastic disc in your hand, and all the glory that comes along with it.
If you're normal, you sit around wondering where all the cool people are tonight. Where are the creative, confident, bizarre people who very likely might be famous someday? Where is the sexy artists' enclave waiting to welcome you and inspire you to do greater things? Where's the fucking John Waters convention you thought San Francisco would be? You silly thing. It's at the corner of Potrero and Mariposa, once a month. Here at K'vetsh queer open mic, at Sadie's Flying Elephant, the glamorous, the witty, and the weird shine through the dark night in exactly the way you've pictured. At the K'vetsh 11th Anniversary, though, the mic is not open. It's more like a best-of, with only former featured readers, all off-kilter, all brilliant, all hot. Our favorites include superstud photographer and Lexington Club bartender Ace Morgan, bookstore kingpin and author Alvin Orloff, and trans deity writer Charlie Anders, but there are many others. Regular co-hostess and bon mot-arian Tara Jepsen is on tour with Sister Spit, sadly, but regular co-host and bon mot-arian Kirk Read shares his duties with local filmmaker Samara Halperin.
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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.'"