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 were once slightly bitter about wunderkind comedy writer Simon Rich, a former Harvard Lampoon president, the son of former New York Times columnist Frank Rich, the youngest writer in SNL history, and a dead ringer for a very young and prepickled Pete Doherty with a possible Kate Moss blush around the cheekbones. Of course this guy got a book deal. Then we finally picked up 2007s Ant Farm, a very slim, almost weightless thing, and realized, Oh so hes effing brilliant. We did the same thing with his next book, the even thinner Free-Range Chickens. His airy, sneaky vignettes about childhood, dying, and God made us forget all about things like nepotism and Harvard, not to mention books by other comedians, too many of which have all the impact of a latter-day Rob Schneider joke. Three years later, after which Rich seemed to age only four hours (he looks a rough 14, if were still comparing him to Doherty), he released a comic novel, Elliot Allagash, and he stuffed it: big characters, big money, and big, extravagant scenes. He explained in an interview that he wanted his character to be able to do anything, so he made him super rich. He also made him super evil, and in eighth grade. Effing brilliant? Director Jason Reitman thinks so; hes attached to the movie deal.
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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.'"