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
Edward Burtynsky's images of factories, industrial sites, and torn-up landscapes like quarries have a stunning beauty -- even for people who don't fantasize about all the revenue they generate. His large-scale pictures steep viewers in a kind of awe, with weighty pronouncements like "What hath man wrought?" battling more gut-level reactions like "Wow, that quartz mine looks awesome." They play upon the contradictory themes of prosperity and suffering (upon both the workers and the environment) and repetition plays a big role in their attraction -- piles of waste and recyclables, machine after machine, and armies of workers populate his best work. In the documentary Manufactured Landscapes, director Jennifer Baichwal follows the photographer across China (and onto lecture floor, à la An Inconvenient Truth) as he visits iconic sites of that country's Wild West industrial revolution, including the Three Gorges Dam project and E-waste recycling centers, which sometimes consist of nothing more than a few women pounding on motherboards in a small village. Although the slow, meditative camerawork and sparse dialogue will try some viewers' patience (the movie presents rather than proselytizes), the film manages to make Burtynsky's pictures even more powerful by providing scraps of context behind the finished work.
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.'"