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
Of all the pizzas made in North Beach, perhaps none are made as fondly (or with as much flair) as those of pizza maestro Tony Gemignani, owner of Tony's Pizza Napoletana and recent top dog of the World Pizza Championships in Italy.
A lo-fi, behind-the-scenesstyle YouTube video by local improv troupe Technically Virgins shows the comedy crew taking their artistic duties very seriously. Congregating oceanside at the break of dawn, the performers take turns donning a white wedding dress and splashing around in the icy surf, vamping, puckering, and writhing in the wet sand for the camera. All of this is set to the song Ill Make Love to You by Boyz II Men to sublimely ridiculous effect. Born in part from the improv classes at Bay Area Theatresports, this team of pranksters began proving their stage mettle with a handful of well-attended shows in the Mission earlier this year (including a pre-Halloween event titled The Pregnancy Scare). Committed to the quick-witted scenes that make good improv players such a pleasure to watch, Technically Virgins now presents An XXX-Mas to Remember, an adult-themed Christmas special filled with chestnut-roasting, Tannenbaum-toppling possibilities. Expect to see skits emerge from the bizarre subconscious material surrounding the holidays and sex, along with those nuggets of the psychotic, the commonplace, and the random that give improv the time-honored element of surprise.
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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.'"