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
Whenever someone asks us for sex advice -- or any advice, really -- we tell them, Figure out your stance on pegging. Good Vibrations has three stores in the city: It's going to come up. And then we run, explaining that we have nothing to do with the pictures in the back of this paper and that Dan Savage lives in Seattle, actually. This week, we have a better option: The State of Sex and Dating in S.F. panel discussion. It features OneTaste founder Nicole Daedone, popularizer of orgasmic meditation, teacher of the 15-minute orgasm, and author of Slow Sex: The Art and Craft of the Female Orgasm. Granted, any part of the previous sentence may terrify certain people who just want, you know, dinner, so organizers have also wisely included scribe Sasha Cagen, author of Quirkyalone: A Manifesto for Uncompromising Romantics. She seems sweet, and she probably won't be holding up lube. Nor will Grotto co-founder Ethan Watters, who makes this panel discussion an intellectual threesome. He wrote a book about a "never marrieds," who rely on tribes of friends rather than spouses for emotional connection and well-being, right before he got married. The heart wants what the heart wants.
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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.'"