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
The only people who can afford to work at the anarchist bookstore are trust-fund babies. Right or wrong, that illustrates a common complaint about activism: The people most likely to join political or social movements are young, idealistic, and without the burden of having to work for a living. Another assumption: such activists were the only white people who got involved in the civil rights movement, and that poor and working-class white folks were largely inert or even hostile toward changes in racial inequity. Questioning this assumption, James Tracy and Amy Sonnie interviewed activists from the civil rights movement and Vietnam War era for 10 years. They describe what they found in their book, Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times. They profile groups like the Young Patriots Organization and Rising Up Angry, which led self-proclaimed hillbillies, Vietnam veterans, so-called greasers, and young feminists into a coalition with black and Puerto Rican activists. A group called White Lightning, meanwhile, fought for the rights of poor people and drug addicts by occupying hospitals and working with physicians. The JOIN Community Union mixed southern migrants and people on welfare with student radicals to fight for better housing and health conditions. Tracy and Sonnie show that its not just the aging white guy driving the BMW with a Question Authority bumper sticker who played a role in social change.
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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.'"