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
Coffee loyalty runs deep in San Francisco, and if asked to come up with a choice between Sightglass, Four Barrel, Ritual, or Blue Bottle, we might hiss and run away, flaring our frilled neck like a frightened Aussie lizard.
In 1969, in one of the final episodes of the original Star Trek series, the writers beamed hippies aboard the Enterprise. Hippies. In Stardate 5832.3. "The Way to Eden" begins when freethinking young people try to escape the Enterprise in a stolen spaceship, barefoot. They dont wear shoes in space. One of them tells Captain Kirk, deadpan, that they recognize no authority save that within ourselves, and they bond with Spock, who plays psychedelic Vulcan lute in a jam session in quest quarters. How did you not know all this? Sulu nearly has free love with someone barefoot. The hippies seek the planet Eden, which is possibly a reference to the Garden of Eden yes? After square-jawed hippie Charles Napier (later to be cast as Rambos commanding officer) sings far too many songs for any viewership save an intoxicated one, the hippies beam down to Eden, but the lush plants are poisonous, and hippies die which is really saying something bitter about the ideals of the young generation when the show aired, dont you think, Gene Roddenberry? Who hurt you? In any case, if any Trek episode needed to be redone with live actors and presented in a tiny theater that recognizes no authority save that within itself, its this one. Star Trek Live: The Way to Eden also has a video trailer hinting to its genius, set to Gil Scott-Herons music with rehashed the Federation will not be televised lyrics. Spock plays bass, which is the least amazing thing about it. Go make it viral, then find paradise at Eden.
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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.'"