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 W. Kamau Bell Curve" is the local comedian's new show, which is "designed to end racism in about an hour." Smart, stylish, and very much in the mold of politically outspoken comedians like Dave Chappelle and Margaret Cho, Bell's pissed off about recent celebrity racism. Explaining the show, he notes that something retro is invading pop culture, and it's not '80s night at the disco: It's blatant 1950s style namecalling. We don't really have to recite the embarrassing litany of race-hate by famous white people, do we? Bell says the show is inspired by them and "the next dumbass, uninformed celebrity who says something incredibly and unapologetically racist." We hate to prove him right, but it's Dog the Bounty Hunter, whose recent n-word laced phone conversation makes it clear he's about as egalitarian as Bull Connor. But Bell, who you may know from his apperances on Live 105 as half of the "Siskel & Negro" movie-reviewing combo, manages to make jokes out of the whole situation, while remaining completely furious. To facilitate ending racism, bring a friend of a different race to the show, and your friend gets in free. Funk/soul band Conjure opens.
Thu., Nov. 15, 8 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 13, 8 p.m.; Thu., Jan. 24, 8 p.m., 2007
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.'"