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
A casual encounter goes terribly wrong. A woman is raped. Later she examines her experience. She looks up her attacker and confronts him. She records the conversation using a hidden camera. She decides to include it in a film, The Line. But the personal story told by Nancy Schwartzman isnt simple. Shes not a perfect victim as judged by our culture. In the film she speaks with sex workers, abuse survivors, and activists to discuss justice, accountability, and what some call rape culture. Its an old question where is the line defining consent? but its told from a sex-positive perspective. Schwartzman has started a larger dialogue about consent, sex, pleasure, and boundaries through her film and a website. The issues she confronts are especially relevant in San Francisco, where a culture of sexual openness and exploration often runs headlong into a certain strain of feminism. Can a consenting, self-aware woman, for example, engage in submissive behavior at the hands of a man and still call herself a feminist? Can she say "no" when she means "yes"? On the other hand, can a progressive-minded, egalitarian man inflict pain on a woman if the context is safe, sane, and consensual without being labeled a misogynist or rapist? What are our personal boundaries, how do we maintain them, and whose rules do we follow? Schwartzman appears tonight at the Center for Sex and Culture to screen The Line. She will then be part of a panel discussion including Carol Queen, staff sexologist for Good Vibrations and a founder of the Center for Sex and Culture, as well as Tracy Clark Flory of Salon.coms Broadsheet blog.
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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.'"