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
Arrg. My head! It's like an ice pick behind my eyes! Did I really drink Jack Daniels for dinner last night at our Holiday Party? Yes, yes I did. So much Jack that our tasty sponsor ran out of his signature hooch. Every Holiday Party ends like this. But at least I didn't punch a supervisor or turkey slap a waitress. This Pre-Party is going to be late and short, on account of this berzerker party season in full swing. I'm your naked, cold, unbalanaced host, Web Editor David Downs.
As usual, we begin the Pre-Party with some cool new tunes and a funny quick video. The tunes come from Oakland soul legend Darondo, off of the Ubiquity label, who'll be in our print edition next week. Prepare for the fucking dopeness.
Now the video — A local hipster spoof of the track bike phenomenon -- Fixed Push Skateboarding. "Just get pushing, bro."
That was way better than you people deserve. Now, for the look back at the week:
--LastNight: Tegan & Sara made us show them our asses. Dirty birds.
--Matt Smith busted an Examiner blogger plagiarizing
--And Matt Smith busted some Armenian scammers for betting on old people dying.
--Lastly, noted music non-critic Margaret Cho shared her favorite albums of 2007.
Upcoming this week, SF Weekly brings back pictures and reportage from:
Tori Amos at Paramount tonight
Bizarre Bazaar this weekend
Andrew Bird this weekend
Prefuse 73 this weekend
and Tool next week
Plus we're running a lewd X-Mas Gift Guide Wednesday called the "12 Dildos of Christmas". So you got that going for you, which is nice.
And lastly, we raise a middle finger to all the commenters worldwide that made our Kings of Commenting so entertaining. I wish all the fiber-optic line in SF was emo, so it could cut itself. Then we'd be done with this shit once and for all.
Your Friday morning pre-party kicks off every Friday morning around 8 a.m. (unless we're vomiting that early). Send us your pics, videos, mp3s, events, and links if you want to be part of the party. If not, that's your bad.)
"Communist Party" Photo Courtesy of Threadless
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.'"