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
When day drinkers just could not stop pissing along the train tracks at Dolores Park, where every weekend tons of revelers gather to partake in booze and other inebriants, the city came up with a great idea to make public urination acceptable: install an outdoor urinal.
The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus probably sounded pretty brash to much of the nation when it was formed in 1978. But those were heady times for queer people, especially ones who had mad artistic skills and wanted to live out loud, as it were. The chorus now has 275 members and continues to flex its choral muscles. In a summer show called Hootenanny it did parody numbers including "Drag Queens in the Sky" and a version of Tammy Wynette's "D-I-V-O-R-C-E." It also employs theatrical components such as costumes and dance numbers, and routinely has colorful guests. The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence once led a sing-along holding cue cards. In its winter show, Home for the Holidays, guests include Melody Moore, a soprano who recently performed with the SF Opera in Heart of a Soldier and next year will sing in the New York City Opera's production of Rufus Wainwright's Prima Donna. Also on stage is Velocity Bells, a four-piece "handheld ensemble" that astounded one reviewer by rendering the "Hallelujah" chorus at high speed "without breaking a single wrist." Drag performer Donna Sachet (former Miss Gay SF and 30th Empress of San Francisco) is on hand, as are members of the Lesbian|Gay Chorus of San Francisco for tonight's first show. In a Yelp review, one chorus member cites a message from a first-time attendee who wrote that all the beautiful men and music "made me regret being straight that night!" Mad skills indeed.
Sat., Dec. 24, 2011
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.'"