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
Somewhat miraculously, it remains okay, even encouraged, to mass on a bars patio and scream at everything on St. Patricks Day. For Maxim boys, its no different than rush week, March Madness, and their girlfriends spa weekend: Its a beer holiday, to be sucked down, thrown up, and pissed away. Which is a shame, for the city provides many very real ways to raise a proper toast to the patron saint of Ireland. For those looking to get a jump on things, theres the Irish flag raising at City Hall at 10:30 a.m. on March 12. For the devout, theres St. Patricks Day Mass at St Patricks Church, today at 9 a.m. And for all comers, including those vacationing in hops, theres the San Franciscos St. Patricks Day Parade and Festival. The parade runs up Market Street to Civic Center, led by Grand Marshal John Burton, California Democratic Party chairman, and the festival is stocked with beer gardens, food and cultural booths, and pony rides (Ireland!). Entertainment includes music by the Gas Men (traditional jigs and such) and the Mad Maggies (Celtic ska with a touch of hot pepper and a swig of slivovitz, according to the site) and footwork by Bernadette Flynn and Dancers, of Lord of the Dance fame.
Sat., March 13, 11:30 a.m., 2010
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.'"