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
Sean Mclain Brown enlisted in the Marine Corps at just 17 years old, and soon found himself engaged in combat during the Gulf War. Injured and sequestered in an army hospital, he struggled with his experiences in Iraq. He found solace in the work of writer and activist Maxine Hong Kingston, and wrote to thank her for her work with veterans, never expecting a response. Not only did Hong Kingston write back, but she saw promise in Brown’s letter. When he was discharged, he accepted her invitation to attend a writer’s group for Veterans in Sebastopol, finding comfort in her assertion that “Art is the transformation of feelings and experience into meaning.” The two became friends and stayed in contact while Brown pursued an M.A. in English and then an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. He writes in an attempt to process experiences, but knows that he “will never be fully whole until I revisit Iraq and make peace with the people I once falsely believed were my enemies.” Brown’s poems were included in Hong Kingston’s anthology, Veterans of War, Veterans of Peace. The two come together today at Brown’s alma mater for a public reading.
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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.'"