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
There are close to 5 million U.S. households that are home to pet reptiles slithering, crawling, and gazing coldly -- nefariously, even -- at their doting owners. And soon, we learn via a press release, a goodly portion of them may rally together to overthrow the human race.
Kidding! But there could be an awful lot of lizards and the like turning out for other reasons at a pet dispensary near you. Turns out that PETCO chain stores are organizing a "National Reptile Rally" to "educate the squeamish on why reptiles aren't so creepy after all." The company is summoning the guardians of Bearded Dragons, Corn Snakes, and Ball Pythons -- rest assured that these are all real animals, and not pornographic epithets -- to appear at PETCO sites on July 17.
"For the parent or reptile novice considering taking on a new, cold-blooded pet, some incentives include maintenance averages $10-15 per month, they make virtually no noise, and do not require exercise or an over-abundance of attention," states the company's press release.
I don't know about you, but I plan to retreat to the mountains on July 17 -- this Gathering of the Reptiles sounds suspicious. Ever since I saw Captain Kirk do battle with the Gorn in an old Star Trek episode -- see video below -- I've harbored a mistrust of scaled beings. But, hey -- different strokes.
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.'"