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
Coffee loyalty runs deep in San Francisco, and if asked to come up with a choice between Sightglass, Four Barrel, Ritual, or Blue Bottle, we might hiss and run away, flaring our frilled neck like a frightened Aussie lizard.
LaborFest is a month-long effort that begins every year on July 5 -- the anniversary of “Bloody Thursday,” when two workers were shot and killed in San Francisco while showing support for a longshoreman and maritime workers’ strike. That incident kicked off the 1934 General Strike, which shut down the entire city and ultimately the whole western seaboard. As ground zero for an episode that changed the landscape of labor nationwide, our city boasts a wealth of history, both in the realm of heroism, ingenuity, and community concern, as well as the realm of bigotry, greed, and exploitation. For anyone wondering how it all went down, the S.F. General Strike Walk is a perfect introduction. Led by labor historian Louis Prisco and retired ILWU longshoreman Jack Heyman, this meandering stroll takes folks to key sites of conflict, with discussions on the causes of the strike and, perhaps more importantly, what made it successful. Since being established in 1994, LaborFest has popped up in Japan, Argentina, Bolivia, Turkey, and South Africa, reminding us that the conditions of workers around the world are now inextricably woven together. But understanding conditions in our own backyard is essential for any accurate worldview.
Sat., July 7, 10 a.m., 2012
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.'"