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
The queer group Gay Shame was the bane of DPW workers everywhere this past year, using "wheatpaste" (wheat + water = irritatingly hard-to-remove glue concoction) to post flyers targeting everyone from astroturfing pro-development group SFBARF to its capitalist benefactor, Yelp founder Jeremy Stoppelman (lest ye forget his epic response to now-fired Yelp staffer Talia Jane's Medium post complaining about the cost of living in SF: "Move to Phoenix!").
The first time we saw Tyler the Creator's video for "Yonkers," we were totally blown away. It was sharp, it was dark, it was infectious, it was crazy different. We immediately got all excited about this new rapper and his collective, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All... until we realized they're all complete fucking idiots and "Yonkers" was a fluke. Here's five reasons Tyler the Creator suuucks. 1. He's (Still) Prattling on About Columbine
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First, Tyler Tweeted "R.I.P" to Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold -- who, lest we forget, murdered 13 people and injured 24 at their high school in 1999. Then he said they were "probably really cool people." Then, when people objected, he weakly stated: "I wasn't saying what they did was right." Then, most recently, he told Respect Magazine that if another Columbine was to occur, he would be the one to get the blame, "just like it was Em's and Marilyn's and fucking Slipknot's [fault] and all them motherfuckers." Hey Tyler, if you're going to keep bringing up the Columbine tragedy in a totally insensitive and ass-backwards manner that both disrespects victims and supports murderers, don't then start whining about how everyone will blame you if it happens again. Learn when to shut the hell up.
2. He's a Rampant Misogynist
Sure, rap ain't been that kind to women over the years (we are, of
course, understating massively) but Tyler doesn't just hate
women -- he is obsessed with hating women. There are near-constant
references to "fat black bitches" in OFWGKTA songs. On Tyler The Creator's
ultra-hateful "Transylvania," he happily states that he'd like an "all
beige suit made out of white women." The fetishistic
violence against women in his songs, as well as the constant reduction of females to merely sex objects ("Bitch, Suck Dick" anyone?), isn't ironic, it isn't clever, and
it isn't funny. It is pure hate -- real and simple. How come hate-speak
is so acceptable when it's aimed at females? If this stuff was written
about minorities or religious groups, the world would be in a gigantic uproar.
3. He's Not Keen on the Gays, Either
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At this point, trying to find a rapper that doesn't use the word "faggot" is a lot harder than finding one that does. The thing that makes Tyler even more annoying than the others is that when he got called out on it, he told MTV: "Well, I have gay fans and they don't really take it offensive, so I don't know," He also claimed he wasn't homophobic. Isn't that a bit like the racists who constantly declare they have black friends as a defense? Beyond weak.
4. He's Scared of Repercussions
The statement at the beginning of "Radicals" says it all: "Random disclaimer. Hey, don't do anything that I say in this song, okay? It's fuckin' fiction. If anything happens, don't fucking blame me, white America." So he's not actually worried if his demand here to "kill people, burn shit, fuck school" actually comes to anything -- he's just worried that if it does, he might get in some trouble. What kind of nihilistic tough guy are you, anyway? One that's worried about getting arrested? Or criticized? Either way, don't try to weasel out of inciting violent behavior with half-assed disclaimers. And don't add "Fuck Bill O'Reilly" to the end of this one to imply that anyone who thinks you're a douche is some crazed right-wing lunatic. Us lefties think you're a dick, too.
5. He Perpetuates Stereotypes About Young Black Males
In Tyler's world, young black males are school-hating, jobless, graffiti-loving, gun-toting, woman-raping, drug-using, alcohol-abusing layabouts, with no desire to contribute anything to the community around them or society at large. They have no hope for the future and are bitter about the past. We're sure the young black men who are working hard to break down racist barriers and eradicate negative stereotypes are super-duper grateful for your output, Tyler. We're sure it's hella fun trying to make rich white people scared of you, but there's enough prejudice in the world as it is.
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.'"