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
With so many serious writers working in the children's section, kids books are a welcome trap door into high culture. And nobody has tripped that door more often, and to as much acclaim, as Daniel Handler writing as Lemony Snicket. No, we don't mean his Series of Unfortunate Events novels. Those are much too dark for 2-year-olds, with too many words. We mean his picture books like The Latke Who Couldn't Stop Screaming and The Lump of Coal. Like the best children's books, they appeal to adults in the same way The Gashlycrumb Tinies appeals to adults: You suspect you'll read it with or without a child present, and you do. His next book is similarly pegged to go all ages: He's teamed up with illustrator Maira Kalman, who moves among age groups with a similar ease -- she's behind scores of picture books, more than 10 New Yorker covers (remember New Yorkistan?), two "illustrated columns" for The New York Times, and The Elements of Style Illustrated, among other things. We don't know much about the new book, 13 Words, except for the words themselves: bird, despondent, cake, dog, busy, convertible, goat, hat, haberdashery, scarlet, baby, panache, and mezzo-soprano. Those are good words to know, even for adults. Tonight the pair discuss their work with Steven Winn, as part of the City Arts and Lectures series.
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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.'"