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
In politics, as in love, there sometimes comes a need for one party in a relationship to say goodbye. Adios. See ya. Get the eff outta here, dude.
And in politics, as in love, music can help get that difficult message across. We don't mean to make light of the situation over in Egypt -- lord knows a dried-up romantic alliance between two individuals is very, very different from an oppressive triple-decade Arab dictatorship. But when all kinds of relationships end, sometimes there's nothing better than a celebratory, angry break-up song or 10 to the get the wronged parties through the transition.
So Hosni, if you're reading this, don't take the break-up too hard -- we're sure you've got a hefty stash of silk tissues and scotch over at the Sharm el-Sheikh palace. Please, though, take it. Like a fed-up lover, the people of Egypt want you gone. Here are 10 songs that might help you understand intensity of their passion.
10. "1,000 Times Goodbye," Megadeth
It takes a pretty extreme situation for us to recommend Megadeth for anything, so Hosni, listen up. Dave Mustaine makes the point here repeatedly, and boy, does he know what it's like to get broken up with: "The times have changed and pulled us apart." "Nothing left but wasted days." "I'm prepared to leave but I'll never take you back." Like the female voice in this song, the people of Egypt have found a new lover -- call it freedom, democracy, or Twitter -- and, Hosni, they never want to see your ass again.
9. "Here's A Quarter (Call Someone Who Cares)," Travis Tritt
Face it, Hosni, you're a lot like the dumb blonde in this video who just won't get a clue. You've used up all your good will, and the people don't give a damn how you feel. But you just keep coming around, trying to pretend like the last 30 years haven't happened. Sure, you don't really need a quarter -- you've got a cellphone and a personal fortune of billions of dollars -- but Travis' sentiment holds true nonetheless: Try making speeches to a populace that cares, 'cause, uh, the people of Egypt are over you.
8. "Bye Bye Bye," N*Sync
Yeah, dude, Egyptians really do feel like they're living on puppet strings that your strongman regime controls. And yes, Hosni, that's a bad feeling. We think Timberlake puts it best: "Now I've really come to see/ That life would be much better when you're gone." But unlike even the controlling chick in this video, Hosni, you don't seem to be able to cut your citizens loose.
7. "Hit the Road Jack," Ray Charles
Pretty much the American anthem of see-ya-later-ness, in his song Ray Charles actually paraphrases your speech from yesterday. See around 1:42 -- does this sound familiar, Hosni: "You must be joking. What you trying to do to me? Why can't we talk it over? I thought we had a better understanding. Oh baby [people of Egypt], don't be so chilly. You don't want to see me cry. Oh baby, please -- it isn't fair."
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.'"