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
The hottest current thing in the world of tapioca drinks, a.k.a. boba tea (or, as Hillary Clinton recently called them when she tried one in New York, "chewy tea") isn't a crazy new flavor or new way to marinate the root starch balls — it's cotton candy!
Contrary to popular belief, the holidays really do bring out the worst. Freezing temperatures force us into stores where we’re met with a reductive mix of awful holiday music and the guilt-ridden anxieties of family gift-giving. Then we haul ourselves home to a resplendent televisual banquet of the same holiday cartoon specials timed simultaneously with our gluttonous yuletide binge-ing. But one local ceremony honors the sanctity of the holidays by reinstating a city tradition on the plaza of the former Bank of America Center. The Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony sees the illumination of one of the largest holiday trees in the region. Now in its fifth year, this event boasts even more, with an appearance by NFL Hall of Famer and 49er legend, Joe Montana. Cool Joe is joined by former teammate Dwight Clark to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the game-winning play that clinched the NFC championship for the 49ers and led to the franchise’s first Superbowl win. The ceremony also features a live performance by Grammy Award-winning R&B artist, Robin Thicke. Thicke has written and produced over 20 gold and platinum albums for artists like Michael Jackson, Marc Anthony, and Pink. Attendees are treated to holiday goodies and a variety of big band favorites played by the Dick Bright Orchestra. Celebrate the holidays in true San Francisco fashion -- you can always "bah humbug" tomorrow.
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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.'"