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
Thai chef Kasem "Pop" Saengsawang owns several solid restaurants in San Francisco, including the breakfast-centric Sweet Maple and the Asian fusion spot Kitchen Story, but his newest project Farmhouse Kitchen is the one to miss at your peril.
Attaboy's mind travels places we don't want to go. But that's not to say we don't want to see where he's been. We do. And we can, because Attaboy is an illustrator and artist as well as a teller of bizarre tales. His garishly colored hypercartoony characters vengeful flowers, frightened clowns, mutant crabs, one-eyed octopi are pure joy layered with a thick coating of imminent terror. He's the co-publisher of a magazine called Hi Fructose that collects the images and words of like-minded sickos. As if that weren't enough, Attaboy has attempted to scare us even more with the title of his recent book: You Might Be a Monster. That's also what he's calling tonight's reading but it's an event better described as a group transformation. You see, real live nonmutant people, who've never been inside Attaboy's head (that we know of), embody his wicked critters while they read. Doing the 'Boy's bidding are Jim Fourniadis, Dr. Hal Robins, Bryce Byerly, and Christina Shonkwiler, among others. And you, dear audience, do more than bear witness to this spectacle there are monster mouths to strap on. Be warned, though: They could be a kind of mutation starter-kit. You might wake up tomorrow in a giant flower pot with eight legs and a cartoon X over your left eye.
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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.'"