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
In the 1970s, poet Nikki Giovanni was called The Princess of Black Poetry. She was friends with Angela Davis and James Baldwin, and appeared on magazine covers wearing radical fashions to match her lyrical, uplifting messages. Today, shes a professor at Virginia Tech; yes, that VT a poem about the massacre appears in her new book Bicycles: Love Poems. She hasnt taken off the poetry crown in 40 years, and shes as uncompromising in her support of civil rights as ever. An online video shows her speaking to college students, encouraging them to Do the Rosa Parks. Sit down. Stand up. Eminently quotable, Giovanni makes trenchant observations even when not in verse: No matter whats wrong with you, good wine and good sex will make you feel better, for example. In an interview about Bicycles, Bill Moyers asked her what it takes to write a love poem. A generous spirit and a willingness to make a fool of yourself, she grinned. But what, he continued, do bicycles have to do with the big questions facing humanity? Love and life and bicycles are about trust and balance, she answered. Its about riding it and believing that this thing that doesnt make sense for you to be on, can move. Local author Gwen Mazers Conversations with Wise Women series presents Giovanni reading and riffing, as Mazers website says, as well as signing copies of Bicycles.
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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.'"