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 Bocuse dOr is considered the Olympics of food, and for such a laurel, teams train by setting fire to money. The American entrant Timothy Hollingsworth, for example, prepared by buying a replica of the kitchen hed be using on game day and taking three months' paid leave from his job. Hollingsworth is a chef at French Laundry. His boss, Thomas Keller, was the American teams president. Altogether they spent $500,000. Hollingsworth lost the Bocuse d'Or is so crazy that not even Kellers chosen one can crack the podium (America has done no better than sixth place, while the French pick up medals like Mark Spitz). But its not so crazy that another Keller protégé can't manage a silver medal Jonas Lundgren, who worked at French Laundry years ago, took home second for Norway with a loin of cod, cod belly, and about 50 other things. All of this is detailed in Andrew Friedmans excellent book about last years competition, Knives at Dawn: Americas Quest for Culinary Glory at the Legendary Bocuse dOr Competition. Chefs have just five hours to prepare their food, and Friedman wrenches drama out of each minute. If you like watching the clock on Top Chef (which incidentally just had its own mini-Bocuse dOr in November, which neither Voltaggio brother won, ridiculously), this is your book.
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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.'"