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
When you have a child, your perceptions change. Shit, for one, is no longer so disgusting. It can even be cute, not to mention a huge relief, if baby delivers a tight, well-formed little package that sits up in the diaper like a present to daddy. Also throw-up: In babyland its called spit-up, and its hardly horrifying. Its perfectly fine to let a batch dry on your neck or hair. What also changes is your propensity to enjoy a baby story, especially ones that include table service, like the Afterbirth storytelling events. Begun by Dani Klein Modisett five years ago, Afterbirth regularly stocks the lineup with famous people (comedy writers and producers figure prominently), and shes taken the show on the road to celebrate the release of her book, Afterbirth: Stories You Won't Read in a Parenting Magazine. Composed of 35 essays, the overall sentiment is nicely unsentimental -- Neil Pollack riffs on daddy rage, and Matthew Weiner offers this fine line: And when you humiliate another child to make yours feel better, thats good parenting. Tonights storytelling show, however, is fit for more than those working on a lineage. The sharp lineup is ruled by television producers -- Lew Schneider (Everybody Loves Raymond), Cindy Chupack (Sex and The City), Dan Bucatinsky (Lipstick Jungle), and Joan Rater (Grey's Anatomy) -- along with writers Christie Mellor and Ayelet Waldman, the latter of which caused a ruckus a while back by declaring that she loved Michael Chabon more than her children.
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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.'"