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
We've all had that day: the one where you accidentally hit "Reply All" on an email intended for one or get rear-ended as you're backing out of the veterinary clinic where you've just spent your life savings to find out that the results on your cat's blood work are "inconclusive."
Curious George always seems to have such a good time in spite of what's going on around him, much of it his own doing. He escapes any and all confines, narrowly missing detection at every turn, and he never seems to know how close he's come to meeting calamity face to face. The Man in the Yellow Hat always arrives just in time to bring the mischievous monkey back home to safety. So the exhibit title Curious George Saves the Day: The Art of Margret and H.A. Rey seems to be contradictory. Because Curious George doesn't save the day. His benefactor does. But this is not a retrospective; the show reflects not only George (who was first known as Fifi) but also the Reys, whose story also has a very happy ending. The Reys were German-born Jews who moved to Paris after spending their honeymoon there. And they, like George, escaped their confines and fled on bicycles just hours before the Nazi army arrived in June 1940. During their four-month trip across Europe and South America en route to New York, they narrowly escaped detection, at one point being searched on a train. When the officers found their drawings for children's books, the Reys were considered harmless and allowed to pass. So, you see, Curious George did save the day. In addition to about 80 drawings of characters including George, the exhibit contains photographs, diaries, and documentation from the Reys' journey to their new home.
Nov. 14-March 13, 2010
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.'"