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
Mary Van Note looks as if she shouldn't have taken the stage. She's too nervous to move or even breathe much. She clutches the microphone with both hands. She looks mostly downward as she stammers into her lines, in this case, an (alleged) letter from her lifelong obsession, Gavin Newsom: Dear Mary. Listen to me. I am completely enamored with you. I'm leaving my fiance because she's a whore, and I totally love you. Forever, forever, love forever more. Your Gavin. Not easy to make such things work, but she holds the room. And she knows she's holding the room. And you know she knows you know she's holding the room. Van Note is a perfect paradox: self-confidence disguised as self-effacement. We like her so much we gave her a Mastermind Grant in February so she could build on her standup material (including this homage to her IFC.com series, Gavin Really Wants Me) and develop a solo performance. Tonight she brings the results, What I Hid During Nap Time, to Solo Sundays. Director Bruce Pachtman says Van Note illustrates what he seeks in a performer: Things come out of her mouth that no one could have anticipated. On the bill is also Samantha Chanse and Back to the Graveyard. According to Chanse, Graveyard explores the joys and perils of family dinner planning, bad art, drinking in public, and, of course, flesh-eating monsters. Of course.
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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.'"