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
Gone are the days when poetry readings were confined to the dimly lit coffee houses, public libraries, and beat bars of urbania. This being one of the worlds meccas for all things literary, we hardly bat an eyelash when we hear of places such as Tony Serras law offices hosting regular poetry readings. Serra, who has made a career defending societys outcasts by expressing the poetry of the law, has been holding such events for some three years now, usually with a binding theme attached. In tonights Poets Gallery, he has invited Native American poets of various origins and tribes to share their stories and ideas in verse. Among the performers is Sharon Doubiago, who, like many who read tonight, attempts to make sense of her peoples altered history. In 100 Memories I Dont Remember, she muses: I dont remember my gender, my father, my tribe, the fear/but I remember my mother is lost/so my heart rises to go to them a hundred billion ancestral faces looking up, if/you are found guilty, Daddy, will they execute you? Kim Shuck writes poetry when she isnt teaching, weaving, traveling, or child wrangling. She speaks for a mixed group of ancestors from the Tsalagi, Sauk, and Fox tribes. Linda Noel, ex-poet laureate of Ukiah, meditates from the perspective of the High Sierras Kiyungkow KonKow Maidu tribe, which means people from the meadow. Serra has also invited Native American musicians including the Uncle Buffet Band for auditory accompaniment.
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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.'"