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
Point all the fingers you want about the passage of Proposition 8, which amended the fucking state Constitution to deny the right of same-sex couples to marry. You can say it was the Morms, it was the No on 8 organizers, it was parents whatever. (Or, yes, if youre a fascinatingly contorted bigot, you can say it was African-American Christians.) In the end, none of these groups are responsible: It was voters, who think they hate gays. They voted to pass this gay-hating piece of legislation. And were so naive. We still dont get it: Whats the whole hate thing about? Where does that even come from? It makes no sense. As far as were concerned, you should hate people only on a personal basis, and with specious reasoning, such as He dumped me. But, like, They love each other? What is wrong with those voters? Our theory is Harvey Milks theory: They dont know that they already know a bunch of gays, whom they love, and whom they only wish were teaching their children. Were not alone. The young, bright-eyed new activists of One Struggle One Fight are holding a Civil Rights March to Sacramento to alert the public to efforts to overturn this fucked decision. It kicks off, as they say, with a rally today, and finishes March 30 in the state capital.
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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.'"