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
An inconspicuous doorway off Valencia Street leads to a treasure trove of zines and 10,000-plus hours of sound and video recordings from the 1960s to the 1990s, all charting the progressive history of the Bay and its effect on global radical movements.
The 1978 assassination of Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk forever changed San Francisco. Milk, the self-proclaimed “Mayor of Castro Street,” was the first openly gay person elected to a public office in the U.S. Milk was a man of community, and not just the queer community. Labor unions were the toughest bloc for Milk to sway during his campaign, but when he got Coors beer removed from every gay bar in the Castro, compelling the company to hire more gay drivers, members of the city’s old blue collar guard were swayed. Milk’s openness — and his assassination — inspired an entire community to stand up and be counted for who they are. Milk and Moscone maintain a presence through public places and facilities named after them, sculptures, stage productions, and films. To honor Harvey Milk Day today, Gus Van Sant’s biopic Milk (2008) screens along with an appearance by LGBT activist Cleve Jones, who worked as an intern in Milk’s office and later founded The Names Project and AIDS Memorial Quilt. As for the film, its success moved Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to create today’s holiday. In it, Sean Penn plays Milk, moving through a closeted life and Wall Street job to San Francisco’s counterculture and the camera shop on Castro he owned with Scott Smith (James Franco). We see Milk help defeat a statewide initiative — Proposition 6 — that would have turned all queer public school teachers out of their jobs. Milk reminds us that as far as we’ve come regarding equal rights, we still have a long way to go. (See: prop. 8, which prohibits same-sex marriage.) In fact, a Village Voice reviewer wrote that Milk creates a feeling “so immediate that it’s impossible to separate the movie’s moment from this one.”
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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.'"