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
“Food addiction.” On its face it sounds absurd -- like maybe “air addiction” or “water addiction.” How can we be addicted to something we need to survive? It’s not like tobacco or alcohol, which some of us might enjoy but wouldn’t kill us to go without. Certainly it’s not like heroin or meth, which not only wreck the body but can also push level-headed people to commit desperate acts. Some recent studies, however, suggest that processed foods high in sugar, fat, and salt can be addictive. Other researchers have studied the brain’s wiring and found that feedback mechanisms can become dysfunctional over time. And mental health professionals say that eating can be compulsive and cause problems in a person’s life the same way alcohol or drugs can. Today’s panel discussion, Food Addiction, starts with Michael Prager, who in Fat Boy Thin Man depicts how he identified and sought treatment for this condition. Also speaking are professionals from various sectors. Elissa Epel is an associate professor of psychiatry at UC San Francisco, while Andrea Garber teaches pediatrics at UCSF and public health at UC Berkeley. Garber is also a registered dietitian. Also on the panel are Dr. Vera Ingrid Tarman of a Toronto treatment center called Renascent, Eric Stice of the Oregon Research Institute, and Nicole Avena of the University of Florida’s psychiatry department.
Tue., Feb. 28, noon, 2012
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.'"