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
Earlier this week, the lawsuit against AEG Live over Michael Jackson's premature passing rumbled past the point of weird and drove straight into crazy town. The culprit was AEG CEO Randy Phillips, who claimed that his friend Brenda Richie -- ex-wife of Lionel Richie -- had spoken to the spirit of Michael Jackson. Phillips said on the stand: "[Brenda] said Michael told her that it wasn't Dr Murray's fault -- that he had accidentally killed himself." Clutching at straws much, Mr. Phillips?
But this isn't the only time that claims have been made about famous musicians communicating with the living after they've died. Here are five other strange examples.
Michael Jackson gets advice from (dead) Liberace
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Rhinestone-loving piano-tinkler Liberace died in February of 1987 -- yet Michael Jackson claimed to communicate with him after that on a regular basis. "I have my own secret room, with a moving wall and mirrors," Michael once admitted. "[Liberace] is the voice I hear in there. I feel his presence very close to me. He's even given me permission to perform his theme song, 'I'll Be Seeing You.'" A week ago, in a bizarre twist, Liberace's ex-lover, Scott Thorson, claimed to have had an affair with M.J. for an extended period during the '80s. Weird!
Wayne Newton thinks Elvis likes his singing
Here's Wayne Newton's celebrity ghost story (as told to the TV show of the same name): Wayne is onstage singing, and sees a man from very far away, in a room in which all of the lights have been turned off, except for one spotlight, which is directly on him (and probably in his eyes). He surmises that this human in the distance is Elvis and that Elvis is happy with Wayne Newton's performance. That's not a ghost story, Wayne -- that's delusional lunacy.
Roger Daltrey catches up with deceased pal Keith Moon
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It's a fact that Roger Daltrey was always the least likely of all of The Who to dabble with substance abuse. And yet, he once admitted that he'd "spoken to Keith -- or rather his spirit," via a medium who didn't know who either of them were. We're glad to see he's got a sense of humor about it, though. He told Jimmy Kimmel last year: "We got a letter requesting that Keith Moon attend the opening ceremonies [of the London Olympics]. Our manager sent them an email back saying, 'Well, actually, he currently resides at Golders Green crematorium, where he's been for the last 35 years. But maybe if you've got a round table, some letters and some glasses, he might be able to get in there.'"
The spirit of Mama Cass beds Dan Aykroyd
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Dan Aykroyd was a Ghostbuster, people -- he knows his stuff. And when he lived on the estate that was previously owned by the legendary Mama Cass, of the Mamas & the Papas, he felt a spirit there that he believes may have been her. He even wrote about it in a Huffington Post blog once: "Have I personally ever seen a ghost? Not one. Have I ever felt an
unseen presence near me? Damn right. In my bed, no less, when we lived
in Mama Cass's Hollywood estate." Way to own it, Dan! Own it!
Whitney Houston turns out the lights for Bobbi Kristina
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Last year, when being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey, Whitney Houston's daughter explained that her mom still paid her visits, checked in from time to time, and was fond of turning lights on and off around the house. "I can hear her voice in spirit talking to me," Bobbi Kristina told O: "'Keep moving, baby. I gotcha.' Her spirit is strong." Aww.
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.'"