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
Coffee loyalty runs deep in San Francisco, and if asked to come up with a choice between Sightglass, Four Barrel, Ritual, or Blue Bottle, we might hiss and run away, flaring our frilled neck like a frightened Aussie lizard.
For seven decades, Pablo Picasso set the standard for what art could be. Cubism and abstract figuratives were born through his canvases. African motifs entered Western art via his avid experimentation. He helped create genres that others imitated but could never really duplicate. All this is laid out, more or less, in "Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris," which acts as a streamlined career retrospective. The Blue Period Picasso's early years, when he emphasized the color blue to accentuate a feeling of aloneness and troubling times is nicely represented here by La Célestine, a 1904 work. Carlota Valdivia, who posed for it, ran a brothel. (Picasso wasn't a theoretical painter. He wanted to get in the dirt with others.) Of the periods on view, the most surprising might be Neoclassicism (1918-1924), when Picasso alternated between new strains of Cubism and more straightforward representations of people from mythology and his personal circle. His new wife, the ballerina Olga Khokhlova, was a calming influence and became the subject of his paintings, but that didn't last. They separated in 1935, and he moved on to other women and styles, including Surrealism and the distorted figures with bulging eyes and misshapen limbs. Maar, Picasso's paramour from 1936 to 1943 (when she was superseded by Françoise Gilot), is ravishing and tormented in the poses he demanded of her. His figurative work is impressive too. His portrait of Gertrude Stein, for example (on view at SFMOMA during its excellent "Steins Collect"), captures her intellectual high-mindedness and imposing girth with an insight that was never matched by the many other artists who painted her. Picasso intuited his subjects better than they intuited themselves, and he was unafraid of their reactions. In his art, he mined his own rage and tempestuousness. As this exhibit points out, he once said, "Painting is just another way of keeping a diary."
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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.'"