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
In case you've been TaskRabbiting your way through life and haven't had the chance to leave the micro-loft to stroll the alleys and streets of central San Francisco, the number of homeless tent encampments in town is approaching epic levels — as in Hooverville and Great Depression levels.
Two Swedish singer-songwriters towing evocative band names, Victoria Bergsman and Sarah Assbring, are Taken by Trees and El Perro del Mar, respectively. Best known as the former singer of the Concretes and the female voice on Peter Björn and Johns global hit Young Folks, Bergsman has released two albums on her own. She recorded last Septembers East of Eden with musicians in Pakistan, lending her wistful singing a more universal setting. Theres a dewy rendition of Animal Collectives ubiquitous My Girls and another song featuring that bands Noah Lennox on backing vocals. (She has also covered Guns 'N Roses' Sweet Child O Mine on piano.) As for Assbring, she has issued four albums in the past five years. Released just weeks after Bergsmans latest, Love Is Not Pop won acclaim despite having only seven songs (including a Lou Reed cover). With her fragile voice and lovelorn lyrics, Assbring radiates a trembling intimacy even when ensconced in girl-groupy backing. The two touring together wont quiet the ongoing talk of a Swedish Invasion think Jens Lekman, Shout Out Louds, Lykke Li, et al but its a match made in indie-pop heaven.
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