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
So this was the week that Charlie Sheen went on an extensive media tour to prove to the world that he was a "Vatican Assassin Warlock" -- which, according to our dictionary, means "gigantic mentalist." He has also announced to the world that he's "tired of pretending like [he's] not special." Well, we think you're real special right now, Chuck. We think you're even more special than Whitney Houston was during her Crack Is Whack interview (and we didn't know it got more special than that, so thanks). Here then, in honor of Charlie Sheen's frenzied frame of mind, are the top five songs we bet he's listening to right now.
5. "Shitlist", L7
Charlie Sheen hates a lot of people currently. "I hang onto my resentments," he admitted in an interview this week. Among others, he's been bitching about CBS, Two And A Half Men creator Chuck Lorre, ex-wife Brook Mueller, the entire AA organization and, probably, Yo Mama. We like to think that this little number is the song that Charlie starts his day with, just so he can get all imbued with hot-headed rage as soon as he gets up -- which is probably why, according to him, "we win so radically in our underwear before our first cup of coffee, it's scary." Pantless winning? That's the best kind!
4. "Where's Your Head At?," Basement Jaxx
Ol' Charlie just told People Magazine that one day he "suddenly woke up with a new brain," and that the new brain operates so fast, he has difficulty saying everything as it comes to him. If we were him, we'd be lying awake at night, wondering where our old brain went. This video offers some potential answers.
3. "Come To Daddy," Aphex Twin
Sheen knows a thing or two about kids. He's got five of them. So we should all pay attention when he tells ABC that his drug-use "made Sinatra, Jagger, Richards - just made all of them - look like, y'know, droopy-eyed, armless children." Delightful! We can only assume that if his drug-use manifested itself in child-form as well, it would look a bit like the terrifying kiddies in this video. We'd also put money on the fact that every time someone asks Charlie about Chuck Lorre, the song playing in his head sounds a little something like this merry little ditty.
2. "Life On Mars?," David Bowie
So Charlie told the Today show that he's "a total rock star from Mars." Which is weird. Because we thought that was this guy.
1. "MmmHmm," Flying Lotus
After a hard day of shit-talking and rage-fueled manic rants, there's nothing Charlie likes more than unwinding with his "Goddesses" -- his live-in girlfriends; porn star Rachel Oberlin and model Natalie Kenly. We wouldn't be surprised if, during sexy time, his new brain plays this video on a loop - because nothing says bat-shit mental like a woman made of leaves making out with a dude in a feather headdress, as they float in space over a pile of rocks. That's what winning looks like, folks. That's what winning looks like.
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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.'"