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.
Gear-head. Goon. Barbarian. Speed freak. Motorcyclists know these stereotypes — even if they’re not said out loud, they’re hidden in the assumptions some people make: Anyone who’s that into machines can’t have much of a brain. But the truth is it takes a nimble mind to survive riding in San Francisco (we know from experience), and putting yourself on the line every day can activate a love — a need — for intellectual challenge. Thus, some gear-heads are also serious lit-heads. One is Hollie Hardy. Hardy has ridden for nearly 20 years, and she’s belonged to the San Francisco Motorcycle Club for nearly 10. She also studied creative writing at SF State, where she edited the literary mag Fourteen Hills: The SFSU Review. She’s been published in numerous other journals and leads an East Bay reading series. When SF State creative writing professor Stacy Doris died in January, Hardy and fellow alum Chad Sweeney put together Wild Ride, tonight’s reading at the moto-clubhouse that’s part reunion, part memorial and followed by “drinking, dancing, and schmoozing.” Hardy reads from “Survival Poems,” based on The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook. Some are quite specific (instructions on performing a tracheotomy include using “a stale Red Vine”), while others are more vague (“When the war is over, go no place in particular”). Sweeney, who’s now at CSU San Bernardino, is author of Wolf’s Milk: Lost Notebooks of Juan Sweeney, which Hardy describes as “a false ‘translation’ of a fictitious ancestor, the great Irish/Spanish poet.” Others reading tonight include Ashley Hayes, Carolyn Ho, André V. Katkov, Shali Nicholas, Matthew Sherling, and SB Stokes. So leather up and reach for your helmet and gloves. There’s a mental workout ahead.
Fri., March 23, 7 p.m., 2012
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.'"