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
An inconspicuous doorway off Valencia Street leads to a treasure trove of zines and 10,000-plus hours of sound and video recordings from the 1960s to the 1990s, all charting the progressive history of the Bay and its effect on global radical movements.
The success of Andy Goldsworthys Spire means we get more outdoor art in the Presidio. Yes! Nevada Citybased art group For Site (art about place), emboldened by the crush of people who come to see Goldsworthys poignant pile of sticks, now gives us Presidio Habitats. This time, a gaggle of artists, architects, and design firms concentrated on animals living in the coastal area, and came up with elegant, artistic ways of helping them. Well, thats the idea, anyway. No one knows whether foxes will really move into the wood-block pyramid built in their honor, nor owls come to either the geodesic tepee or the porcelain vase-houses installed for their convenience. A hawks trajectory through the forest, traced by an iron rail, makes a nice place for hawks to sit, and they might. Robins: Will they use the straw set out for them, housed in metal-cage lettering trumpeting the admirable qualities of robins? The exhibit includes its own temporary building, plenty of cellphone-tour information as you walk around to see the installations, and a gallery of good ideas that somehow didnt get past the conceptual stage. Ultimately, it doesnt matter whether the animals do what theyre supposed to, because the works are beautiful and fascinating all on their own, and those that dont biodegrade will be removed after their full year of display unless someone is living in them.
May 16-Sept. 30, 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.'"