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 know if you've heard this one before: Three hipsters walk into a bar in Williamsburg, bond over a fondness for post-punk and Prince (the obligatory post-punk deviation from post-punk), form a loft party-ready band, throw in a touch of safe politics from time to time, open for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and, faster than you can say, "Asymmetrical haircut," get the indie rock world twitterpated. The joke, of course, is on us because we've all heard this one many, many, MANY times, and the punch line is that we're not sick of it yet. The Rogers Sisters could be the East Coast's answer to Erase Errata; they could be star students in the B-52's Academy of Yelping for Quirky Youngsters. It doesn't really matter. You will listen to the fingernails-on-a-chalkboard sax squawks, marching-band drum drops and rolls, and pushy, enunciated bass of "Fantasies Are Nice" (complete with enticingly brittle shouts about capitalist excess) and you will like it. The Rogers Sisters know the joke, and they tell it pretty well.