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!
The Cardboard Tube Fighting League now has chapters in Seattle, San Francisco, and Sydney; given that founder Robert Easley, is from Santa Cruz, it seems that official cardboard tube fights may be held only in cities beginning with the letter S. Other than that, the rules are simple: No stabbing, no striking the face, no shields, no employing materials other than cardboard for defense. While duels lasting longer than a minute are informally frowned upon, no duel ends until one tube breaks, so expect some bruises for your effort at the Cardboard Tube Fighting League Battle and Childrens Tournament. With that in mind, there were some elaborate get-ups on display during last Octobers premiere bout everything from robot bodies to Greek chest-plates to sushi rice padding but you dont need cardboard armor, or anything more than a childs inclination to cause havoc with packing materials, to compete. In fact, children over the age of five are encouraged to put their elders to shame for turning their backs upon the God-given instinct to envision the rise and fall of worlds in a pile of recycling. As the league claims the great Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi once said, "When half an oar is not readily available, a cardboard tube is your next best bet." Certified league tubes will be supplied. In the event of rain, all weapons will turn to mulch.
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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.'"