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
Pickup basketball is a weird social phenomenon where a bunch of strangers meet at a designated spot during a designated time to engage in an athletic competition governed by de facto rules established in some mythic rulebook.
Its always risky to speak on behalf of the dead, but it seems safe to say that the dearly departed dean of filth himself would approve of 7 Dirty Girls: A Burlesque Tribute to George Carlin, a show inspired by his infamous Seven Dirty Words sketch. His 1972 monologue still packs a punch, even if the words shit, piss, cunt, fuck, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits are more culturally acceptable than they were four decades ago. Declaring him the greatest comedian of our time in their promo materials, the salacious women in the Curvicious Cabaret are clearly admirers of the comic, and they promise an uncensored burlesque tribute to Carlin and his legendary riff. Each member of the cabaret embodies one of the offending words: Honey Lawless as cocksucker, Lady Satan as motherfucker, and so on, in a performance so raunchy it could make the king of cuss words blush. The new cabaret troupe is intent on delivering performances that are sexy, funny, smart, and provocative during its monthly themed shows. Paying tribute to filthy yet whip-smart Carlin is a fitting way to get things rolling, promising a show that arouses the body and the mind.
Thu., April 7, 9 p.m., 2011
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.'"