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
Any street philosophers worth their salt have considered sense relativity, the idea that how I see blue might not be how you see blue. The mystery applies to sound as well: B-flat falls somewhere between C-sharp and A, but we'll never know whether it sounds exactly the same to two different individuals. Flamenco Theatre artistic director Carola Zertuche explores this idea in a night of flamenco dance: How do dancers of different eras and sensibilities respond and move to the same note of music? She calls it Una Nota Flamenca, and we call it one of the hottest dance tickets of the season. It includes the homecoming of San Francisco native Cristina Hall, who has lived and performed professionally as a flamenco artist in Seville for nearly a decade. Hall has had to work hard to gain respect in what is often considered a cliquish Spanish dance community; now she's counted as a major player in the world of flamenco. Hall and dancers Manuel Gutierrez and Juan Siddi approach Una Nota from the perspectives of modern, classical, and traditional flamenco dance, to the accompaniment of decidedly nontraditional instrumentation, courtesy of violinist Tregar Otton, pianist Alex Conde, and cellist Jesse Wolff.
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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.'"