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
An inconspicuous doorway off Valencia Street leads to a treasure trove of zines and 10,000-plus hours of sound and video recordings from the 1960s to the 1990s, all charting the progressive history of the Bay and its effect on global radical movements.
With neighborhood institutions like the 21 Club closing to make way for yuppie cocktail bars, Brown Jug remains an oasis — and one that takes full advantage of the state's operating hours window, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
When we think of shipwrecks, we think of Gordon Lightfoot singing The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. (Oh, be quiet, it's a good song. And it's also based on a real event on Lake Superior. It describes how shipwrecks often involve high drama: fierce winds, collapsed hatches, ripped hulls, lost lives, and federal inquiries.) San Francisco has had its share of shipwrecks, too, it being a port city with formidable winter storms. A brief web search turns up a site saying that some 300 ships have hit the rocks and sunk in the Golden Gate. The most recent on that list is the oil tanker Frank Buck, which in 1937 struck the President Coolidge and sank. (We'd like to see Mr. Lightfoot make a heart-wrenching song with those two names.) We're not sure what eventually happened to the remains of the Buck, but there are places in San Francisco where, at low tide, you can look into the water and see what's left of vessels that didn't make it. The Shipwreck Hunt Hike includes two of those. The four-mile trip takes about an hour and a half, according to guide Alex Genadinik. His website says the Sierra Club's difficulty rating for the hike is 1-A, and while we don't really know what that means, we think it probably isn't that hard considering the variation in elevation on the trip is 100 feet. Genadinik advises hikers to dress for the weather and we'd say also bring a paper and pen, in case you get inspired and want to write a song or something.
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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.'"