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
So you went out last Saturday night and wore those new dark-wash, skinny leg jeans that you just bought despite the fact that it's the end of the month and you should be saving that money for your rent check.
This freewheeling cabaret with a revolving cast of underground performers has its mind in the gutter and its heart in the right place. The Sex Diaries shuffles a group of kinky comedians, performance artists, and freaks like an enthusiastic amateur DJ every Friday and Saturday night on a cramped stage in the Mission District. Highlights from a recent show included a porn-addicted sock puppet, Sean Kelly's tale about a swinger party plagued by a rogue "ball cupper," Angie Krass' superior Southern-fried comedy, and an alluring Amazonian sex worker named Anomaly reading from her extremely well-informed "Whore's Glossary." Krass' riffs on chickens and lubrication sent the audience into hysterics, and Anomaly's charismatic lessons were invaluable for neophytes who can't tell a "BBW" from a "BBBJ." (You'll have to see it to find out the difference.) These fearless, sexy oddballs are just the type of people who help make our city great. The show itself is a mixed bag that occasionally feels like a Gong Show for the Marquis de Sade the combination of kink and undisciplined casual performances inspired at least a few walkouts on the night I went. But on the whole The Sex Diaries is a fun diversion for San Franciscans biding their time till the next Folsom Street Fair.
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.'"