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!
Mashing up different world cuisines is usually a popular conceit for new quick-service eateries and food trucks to make a quick buck and gain Instagram fame, but Volta has shown how well global cross-pollination works on a refined plate without stretching for novelty or pretense in the process.
The swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco is so formidable that prisoners whod broken out of other penitentiaries were sent to the island prison because escape was considered essentially impossible. Two men who made it out of confinement and into the water drowned. Five others were never heard from and are listed as presumed drowned. Regardless of whether they made it, that 1.5-mile swim is a brutal proposition. Now add to it an 18-mile bicycle ride through the city to the Presidio (hello, hills), and after that an eight-mile run that includes sandy trails at Baker Beach and the Marin Headlands. Bear witness to this spectacle of endurance today at the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. How many people are insane enough to do this? The event organizers say only 2,000 can participate. Only 2,000. They also say that each year the registration is full within hours of its opening. And it has existed for 30 years. Fortunately for you sane people who arent competing, theres a spot in the city where you can see the swim, the areas where the insane uh, the athletes transition, and the finish line. Among the competitors are some real pros. Andy Potts will be there. Hes won the event three times. Theres also Michelle Jones. Shes won eight times. Theres a fitness expo that includes product demonstrations and vendors, so you can start to get in shape and be on track to compete next year if you lose your mind, that is.
June 4-5, 7:30 a.m., 2011
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.'"