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
Be careful what you assume, and be careful what you consider “normal.” So sings the perpetual chorus in über-diverse San Francisco, where we like to believe we ask the obvious (and inclusive) questions that less-enlightened populations overlook. But there’s a big assumption a lot of us probably have overlooked. It involves heterosexuality. No, not that “Some people aren’t,” but rather, “It hasn’t been considered the norm — or even a thing at all — for very long.” Author, historian, and lecturer Hanne Blank breaks it down in Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality. The words “heterosexual” and “homosexual” were created in 1869 in Germany, Blank writes, as part of a legal fight over same-sex relationships. The concept was adopted by some influential thinkers (including Freud), and within several decades it became something everyone thought had just always been there. The 1934 Merriam-Webster Dictionary, Blank points out, includes a secondary definition for “heterosexual” of “normal sexuality.” Blank’s longtime companion has a condition known as Kleinfelter Syndrome, meaning he has an XXY chromosome pattern, so he’s biologically neither male (XY) nor female (XX). Based on this, she wonders early in the book, can their relationship be considered “heterosexual?” Broader inquiries follow, and Blank shows how equating hetero with normal affects our laws, cultural institutions, scientific study, artistic expression, and ideas of love and romance. Underlying it all are assumptions about others — and ourselves — that most of us have never thought to even acknowledge. Any questions?
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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.'"