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
For someone who lives in the downtown corridor — all right, the Tenderloin — the idea of going to Ocean Beach for pizza is rife with potential pratfalls: high Uber fares, lengthy Muni trips, ever-present fog, jet lag.
The economy, housing, jobs, foreign policy all of it, still wrecked. Is it time? Thats beside the point, since The Obama Roast is going off regardless of how strongly you scream, But he inherited this shit from Bush! Do a Bush roast! Yes you can! Featuring comic Kevin Avery and brought to you by the line-obliterating wits behind The Jesus Roast and The Hitler Roast, Howard Stone and Kurt Weitzman, The Obama Roast anchors the second week of Sketchfest like a teabagger interpreting the Constitution (entertaining, scary), and is sure to leave you squirming in your seat good comedy is never safe. But it can be nostalgic, and two screenings of Monty Python classics (Jan. 21), both attended by cast member Terry Jones, might bring more than tears of laughter. Also of note this week: The sketch-darlings the Whitest Kids U'Know (Jan. 21-22), an already-sold-out Jan. 23 performance by the sheriffs department of Reno 911! (maybe you can bust the door down), a talk show with Gordon Gano from the Violent Femmes and Dick Cavett (just go with it), and, for those who will try anything once, "Weird Al" Yankovic in a Q&A with Chris Hardwick (Jan. 23). Next week features another head-swimming array of talent before the festival ends on Feb. 2, including Kasper Hauser, Rachel Dratch, Neil Patrick Harris, John Hodgman, Fred Willard, Mystery Science Theater 3000, Killing My Lobster, and Siskel and Negro, aka the aforementioned Avery teamed up with W. Kamau Bell.
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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.'"