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
You may measure your true 415 cred by the amount of times you've strolled into the diner that "never close[s]" (as the sign says), sidled up to the bar, ordered a drink, and received a shot of ouzo on the house — without blinking, looking sideways, or feeling the need to keep an open line to flee for the exit.
H.P. Lovecrafts Cthulhu mythos has become the dominant joke religion for Internet geeks the world over, eclipsing other willfully anachronistic belief systems such as the Church of the Subgenius and the Flying Spaghetti Monster. There is a staggering wealth of webcomics, blogs, fan fiction, and even plush dolls dedicated to Lovecrafts gargantuan beast, or as he inelegantly put it, the thing cannot be described. (Imagine the offspring of the Cloverfield monster and a mammoth squid.) What is it about Cthulhu that has so inflamed the imaginations of coders, mild-mannered IT guys, steampunk aficionados, and snarky bloggers? Its impossible to say, but the numerous references to the monster in punk and heavy metal songs, video games, genre television, online fiction and webcomics like the Hello Kitty parody Hello Cthulhu certainly play a role. It makes sense that the hyper-connected population of San Francisco would welcome their new underwater overlord with open arms, making the Ball of Cthulhu almost an inevitability. Bands (and avowed Lovecraft enthusiasts) Abney Park, Vernian Process, and steampunk act the Unextraordinary Gentlemen provide the soundtrack to the nights revelry, promising a bacchanalian sendoff to the doomed souls in attendance. Will such pagan offerings of devotion to the Great Old One spare these puny mortals? Unlikely, but at least the puny humans will go out dancing.
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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.'"