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
We’re still smarting from Janine Brito and Emily Heller’s decision to move to New York, but we won’t hold it against them. (We’ll just remain sad about it – and passive-aggressive.) Brito and Heller return to where they belong at this third assembly of Janine & Emily’s Girl Talk, a night of “unladylike stand-up comedy” featuring an all-woman cast. And these women kill – that's the industry term for “make people laugh so hard they need a paramedic.” There’s plenty of space in the stand-up world for stupid comedy, whether you’re talking about the Blue Collar comedy guys, Dane Cook, or alt-comics who use weirdness as a way of hiding the fact that they don’t have much to say. While we’re not above laughing at a quality ball-shot from time to time, we salute Brito and Heller for their commitment to boundary-pushing, brutally funny comedy that’s staunchly populist but could still send a grad student grasping for her well-worn copy of Gender Trouble. With Brito and Heller presiding over the fellowship, guests Marga Gomez, Chris Burns, Oakland’s Karinda Dobbins, and Emily Maya of Parks and Recreation put the lie to the protestations of Jerry Lewis and Christopher Hitchens (who each argued, in earnest, that women just aren't funny), demonstrating that you don’t need a Y chromosome to push an audience to hysterics. Paramedics are standing by.
Mon., Dec. 26, 8 p.m., 2011
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.'"