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
When day drinkers just could not stop pissing along the train tracks at Dolores Park, where every weekend tons of revelers gather to partake in booze and other inebriants, the city came up with a great idea to make public urination acceptable: install an outdoor urinal.
The theme of Porchlights all-star fancytown gala is Urban Legends. The storytelling series is famous for including nobodies in its stage show, but it has not included any nobodies tonight. Instead, Library Laureates has an amazing lineup, featuring Wilkes Bashford (pal of Willie Brown = got the goods); Frank Portman, the unfairly talented, funny, and accomplished punk musician and author; and Greil Marcus, who is famous. Just one problem, here, Porchlight. Were glad all the storytellers here are notable people of the city, i.e., urban legends themselves, and its cool that urban legends also describes stories about the metropolitan area. Nice wordplay there. However, the term urban legends also refers to lies, Porchlight. You know, stuff that isnt true? Pop Rocks and Coke make your stomach explode? Are you telling us that the stories we so love to hear from your many excellent performers, year after year, might not be true? No, no, no! Is this an out-of-hand Oscar Wilde reference? (See The Decay of Lying.) But we must have misunderstood the joke, because were sure Litquake cofounder Jack Boulware, also reading tonight, would never lie to us. Why, just the other night he prefaced a reading by saying, I really wish this story were not true. But it is. He then told a story so disgusting everyone was afraid of barfing. Someone did barf. Unless were lying. Did we mention its also a hosted bar and dinner?
Fri., April 16, 7:30 p.m., 2010
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.'"