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
"Let me be clear. I want a girlfriend. But, I don't really want a girlfriend." Swooning yet, ladies?
So begins the latest example of the boundless wonders of Craigslist's personal ads. In an ad posted a week ago, a 28-year-old dude from the Mission says he is seeking a "holiday girlfriend" to "do all of those cute snuggly things with, someone to get fat and keep warm next to (let's also recognize that it's getting fucking cold here), and someone to accompany you to your friends' coupley holiday parties so they don't keep thinking you're a loser destined for permanent solo status."
This relationship, according to the anonymous author, would end at 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 2, 2012.
We should make it clear that we don't use the term "dude" above lightly: This gentleman is clearly an avowed brosephine. He describes himself as "28 years old, small business owner, active (cyclist, surfer, snowboarder), outgoing, easy on the eyes." Damn, bro. And he cooks, too! But that's not all:
Love taking photos? Sweet. Let's wear gaudy holiday attire and make ridiculous Xmas postcards to send your friends and family. Just for the lulz. Worried about finding someone to kiss on New Year's Eve who doesn't look (or sound) like Sloth's cousin? Boom! Got you covered.
Now, before you rush off to reply to this young gallant, take a good long look into your souls, girls. Because one of this man's "Dealbreakers" is "prudishness." But if you feel like you possess the requisite promiscuity, and general susceptibility to laughably pathetic gimmicks to get laid, go ahead and apply. (He requests a picture and 250-word biography.)
If it works out, you have this to look forward to after Jan. 2: Once the relationship ends, according to Broseidon, "we can still be friends (unless we hate each other, then we can downshift to the occasional drunken booty call)." Now that's class.
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.'"