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 sinews of old San Francisco lie in the water: the posts standing in the Bay mud that supported the docks and piers where the shipping that made the city possible, and later allowed it to flourish, flowed.
As though hes doing penance for younger indulgences, Dave Eggers has gone in an unexpected direction in recent years, focusing on sober, intimate accounts of underreported subjects. It's a sharp contrast to his precious early work, and it has rehabilitated his reputation among some of his detractors. Zeitoun, his 2009 novel, details the protracted aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, focusing on Syrian-born contractor Abdulrahman Zeitoun, who remains in New Orleans to protect his property even as his family flees. After saving victims of the hurricane with his small canoe, Zeitoun becomes embroiled in a legal and bureaucratic clusterfuck that can only be described as Kafka-esque. Considering the administrative injustices and clueless disaster response Eggers details, the obvious approach would be to use Zeitouns experience as a broad metaphor for the failures of the Bush administration and the common thugs it employed to rebuild New Orleans. Instead, Eggers maintains an impartial tone, allowing the parties to damn themselves with their own words and inaction. This years selection for the San Francisco Public Librarys One City, One Book initiative, Zeitoun is an uneasy read and an unusually political choice for the citywide effort. Yet despite the grim subject matter, it is ultimately a story of redemption, emphasizing the importance of community as a corrective to institutional failure.
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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.'"