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
In 2003, Justin Giarla took a chance on a rough part of the Tenderloin -- Larkin near Geary -- and opened an art gallery that specialized in street art and other contemporary work. Amidst the drug-dealers and other neighborhood denizens, the Shooting Gallery thrived, showcasing artists who’ve become well-known in everything from political campaigns (Shepard Fairey) to the world of tattoos (Shawn Barber). Giarla eventually opened two more galleries on the same block -- White Walls and 941Geary -- but he’s now consolidated his galleries into a single, nearby building at 886 Geary. Besides a sunnier location on the northern side of the block, it’s a gigantic space -- 5,000 square feet, with side-rooms that are essentially mini-galleries. The new space is holding a White Walls 10 Year Anniversary Show that surveys artists Giarla has worked with and artists who are new to Giarla’s orbit. Fairey is there with Duality of Humanity, a large mixed-media canvas of a weapon-toting man. Barber contributes Self Made, a portrait of Giarla’s forearm tattoos that contain the same words. British artist/photographer Russell Young offers Kate Moss, a series of large prints with shiny sprinkles featuring model Kate Moss wearing very little as she stands in a bathroom. And Peter Gronquist checks in with A History of Violence, which is one part taxidermy and one part gold antlers that look like rocket launchers. The list goes on. The show is an exhibit of all-star proportions -- a chance to see under one big roof a collection of art that has the imprimatur of Justin Giarla, a former nightclub manager who found his calling in San Francisco’s Tenderloin.
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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.'"