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
Pickup basketball is a weird social phenomenon where a bunch of strangers meet at a designated spot during a designated time to engage in an athletic competition governed by de facto rules established in some mythic rulebook.
An inconspicuous doorway off Valencia Street leads to a treasure trove of zines and 10,000-plus hours of sound and video recordings from the 1960s to the 1990s, all charting the progressive history of the Bay and its effect on global radical movements.
The New York Times, PBS, and the Village Voice all praised the mag, and it was awarded a Knight-Batton Award for Innovation in Journalism. Not only that, but the damn thing actually turned a small but encouraging profit of $3,000.
To get folks psyched up for the next issue (look for the theme here on Aug. 27), the founders will also be hiding a quarter of the previous issue's earnings -- $750 -- somewhere interesting in San Francisco this weekend. Then on Monday, they'll be issuing clues on the money's location. Finders keepers, people.
"The idea was to do something a little off the wall," said Longshot co-founder and editor Sarah Rich. During the discussion of how to use the money, Rich said, somebody brought up the Whole Earth Catalog Demise Party at San Francisco's Exploratorium in 1972, where $20,000 was handed over to 1,500 party-goers under one condition: They had to agree on what to do with it.
Although there are varying stories about what happened to the money at the Demise Party, we're gonna go with this version: After hours of discussion and yelling, $5,000 was flung into the audience, and the other $15,000 was handed over to Fred Moore, a charismatic dishwasher.
Monday's Longshot treasure hunt (which will be complete with a treasure map designed by Wendy MacNaughton), won't quite rival the Demise Party. But seriously -- who couldn't use an extra $750?
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.'"