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
An inconspicuous doorway off Valencia Street leads to a treasure trove of zines and 10,000-plus hours of sound and video recordings from the 1960s to the 1990s, all charting the progressive history of the Bay and its effect on global radical movements.
If you think getting all dressed up is just for the queens, prepare to stand corrected. San Francisco actually has a glamorous history of swinging the other way. In the 1940s, dapper drag kings like Butch Minton and Gladys Bentley pulled on their cummerbunds and crooned into the hearts of adoring girls and bois. And in the ´80s and ´90s, Leigh Crow's Elvis Herselvis gave the original king a run for his money with her hip swivels and sensitive-rebel badinage. The 12th Annual San Francisco Drag King Contest continues its tradition of immaculately packaged red meat for the gender-bending masses, and it promises to be -- wait for it -- "bigger, better, and longer" this year, due to a smattering of drink-along pre-contest galas. This year, Fudgie Frottage emcees the show, as dozens of trannybois, burlesque hunks, and aspiring heartthrobs flex their muscles to see who's got the best style, sex appeal, talent, and facial hair. Contestants with names like Papi Cock and Sherwood Suck battle it out alongside past contest luminaries like Buck Naked, the winner of last year's solo king category, and dance troupe the Slickk Bois, who quicken libidos with their boy-band moves. Performance artist the Indra sums up the sexy hauteur of the show best: "If it doesn't look phallic enough, turn it sideways."
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.'"