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
Josh Kornbluth has played out his existential confusion over the years in the most public of ways. And were extremely lucky for that. The performer has used stage and film to provide that rare mix of humor thats so true it hurts (literally, from laughing) while also being so true it stays with you and promotes your own introspection. We think of him as a West Coast version of Spalding Gray, minus the tragic ending. In one of his early monologues and films, Haiku Tunnel, he struggles to balance his life as a would-be novelist (renting a one-car garage in San Francisco as an apartment) with the need for a paycheck (a new job as a legal assistant in a big law firm). Disaster duels with humor for the lead role. In a more recent work, Andy Warhol: Good for the Jews?, he puts on a gray wig and examines a series of the Pop artists portraits of well-known Jews including Einstein, Kafka, and Gertrude Stein. There he confronted another issue: his religion. In Josh Kornbluth Wrestles the Big Questions, he recounts how hed spent his life firmly planted in the secular world, not having a bar mitzvah and never having attended synagogue. But the Warhol project led him to ponder his Jewish identity and now he reports religious-minded acts such as reading the Torah to his son. He appears with Rabbi Menachem Creditor, whose unusual surname might sound like a Kornbluth character but as far as we can tell is a real person with a real congregation. Kornbluth reports that hes proud to be a Jew and totally confused about what that means. Lucky us.
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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.'"