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
Pickup basketball is a weird social phenomenon where a bunch of strangers meet at a designated spot during a designated time to engage in an athletic competition governed by de facto rules established in some mythic rulebook.
If you've never had the pleasure of suddenly realizing that your life is all a big joke, Philadelphia comedian Big Jay Oakerson, who spent years working as an “Elmo by day, stripper bouncer by night,” offers a wealth of insight on the topic tonight. Oakerson lends himself to the Philly/Jersey school of real-guy, brotherly-love comedy, ripping on fat chicks and frat boys American-style, all with an aversion to ever leaving the country that holds that conglomerate in abundance. Some of his older material's been done before -- the absurdities of To Catch a Predator, for instance -- but with almost 11 years in the field, Oakerson has fine-tuned his keep-it-real energy, drawing on personal anecdotes and inspiration from the Elmo era and beyond. Oakerson's don't-give-a-damn style earned him his last big gig as emcee for the Mayhem Festival, a touring metal show that included Korn and Rob Zombie. Since Comedy Central released his album, An American Storyteller, he's gathering the steam that might force him to start traveling the globe and dealing with Canadian border patrol, but he assures us he'll always be around the block holed up watching Maury, metal as ever.
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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.'"