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.
Next to living a life of luxury, theres nothing quite like taking in a show that skewers and celebrates all the opulent superfluities that our world holds dear. Luxury Items is courtesy of Monique Jenkinson, the local performance artist and dancer who spent an important period of aesthetic development romping around where the wild queens were (Trannyshack) as her alter ego Fauxnique, eventually becoming the first biological ladything to take home the crown at the annual 'Shack pageant. Jenkinson has gone on to stimulate the gay brain even further with a couple of captivating, campy, and cerebral one-woman shows. (Earlier this year she saw great success with Faux Real, which sold out quickly and demanded an extended engagement.) Her latest is a lynx-eyed look at the luxe we live by, and promises so much more than gilded finery: handbag puppets engage in a crucial dialogue concerning their pedigrees; ye olde alter ego Fauxnique turns up to help Marie Antoinette and Coco Chanel explain themselves; and Jenkinson vogues and dances to the ever-so-fancy harpsichord music of J.S. Bach in a piece inspired by perfume advertisements. Also featured is a plea for the dying newspaper (from the lips of a hoarder) and a humorous, scholarly examination of Oscar Wildes essay The Soul of Man Under Socialism. Waggery, erudition, and effervescent embellishment? Thatll do, Mary. Thatll do.
Nov. 7-8, 8 p.m., 2009
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.'"