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
There are a number of reasons why you should see a show at The Regency Ballroom — its ornate, turn-of-the-century architecture and eclectic lineup of performers, to name a few — but no reason is more compelling than the venue's ample seating.
The history of protest in San Francisco is a hippie thing, right? Age of Aquarius, war demonstrations, flowers stuck into the ends of soldiers rifles, stuff like that? Guess again. It started in the 19th century with organized labor protests. One good example of S.F. sticking it to the Man is the waterfront dispute known as the Big Strike of 1934, ground zero for a battle that included ports along the whole West Coast. Striking unions demanded to have a say in hiring, better pay, and a contract. After almost two months with the help of the S.F. police and mayor the companies took back the port and established a safety lane of rail cars and police vehicles near Pier 38 to move materials from ships to trains. Clashes resulted. Hundreds were injured, and three were killed. A public funeral procession was attended by 40,000. Later, National Guard troops with machine guns were set up along the Embarcadero with orders to shoot to kill. Police raided union halls, homes, and other meeting places for days on end. Newspapers backed them. Other unions eventually joined the dock workers in a general strike of 150,000. The dispute ended in a compromise in which neither side could claim total victory, but it was a big advance for organized labor. And heres a fact San Francisco can be proud of: Among the striking workers was a young Harry Hay, who went on to become a pioneer in the LGBT rights movement. On todays Labor Bike Tour, learn facts such as these and visit the sites where they happened. Its part of LaborFest and led by Chris Carlsson. Its a four-hour excursion, so be prepared for an extensive ride in addition to a thorough education.
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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.'"