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
Although Sandra Bernhard is touring under the banner of her new comedy album, I Love Being Me, Dont You?, we dont think were going to hear any of the same jokes. For one, the performer, known for riffing on whatever once she hits the stage, riffed on whatever when she hit that stage (the album was recorded at the Castro Theatre in 2010), and if we know anything about comedy, its that an improvisational performer doing a straight performance of an improvised album will blow a hole through the lodge seats. So, not many of the same jokes, although were sure shell do the one about Angelina Jolie in Salt, because then she can say this again: Her tits are loaded, her pussys shooting out rockets, shit be craaaazy. She probably wont do the one in which she ripped on our local Rrazz Room (That fucking gig put me in the rears), because that was a little harsh - sorry, Rrazz Room, were just the messenger (track three, five minutes in). Ultimately, though, we dont think the show will match the album because its Pride Week. For an improvisational performer with a loyal gay audience, two nights during Pride Week is like a blank, perfumed check. She wont even have to play it for the few straights in the crowd, because those straights will be happily waving her off, even if they dont always understand the subtext. (Track two: Is she for or against Fleet Week?)
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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.'"