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
Those unfamiliar with the world of steampunk may be tempted to lump it in with other fantasy subcultures, some of which involve dressing up as videogame characters or wizards. And it's true that steampunk is wrapped in a thick layer of geekery, but the lace-infused, monocle-heavy patchwork of past and future is more dignified than furry leggings: The brass and wood mashups of modern technology and vintage machinery consistently and purposefully evoke Jules Verne novels. If youre just discovering steampunk, a night at the movies might just be the thing to ease you into the scene. Science Fiction in San Francisco (SF in SF) presents a Steampunk Film Night as part of the Nova Albion Steampunk Exhibition, a four-day event that takes place mostly in Emeryville. The screening features three films, including Joss Whedons Internet masterpiece, Dr. Horribles Singalong Blog. The series, starring Neil Patrick Harris (of Doogie Howser, M.D.) and Nathan Fillion (of Firefly) follows the trials and tribulations of Harris Dr. Horrible, who strives to be the worlds preeminent evildoer. The story, like much of Whedons fare, is both funny and surprisingly touching. As the title promises, its also a musical with songs like Everyones a Hero and A Mans Gotta Do, tailor-made for audiences to warble. Attendees are encouraged to dress in Victorian or steampunk outfits, and the ticket price covers free popcorn. Dont forget to turn off your pocket telegram machine during the show.
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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.'"