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
Nothing says Friday night like an art party, and the "Skate This Art" Artist Reception and Film Screening takes (ollies?) it higher than your standard wine-and-cracker-assortment affair. An auction on May 8 offered originally designed skateboards by more than 50 artists, with proceeds benefiting Roaddawgz, a homeless youth drop-in center in the Tenderloin. Tonights artists reception includes a free screening of Patrick O'Neils Yaa Girls and the Deadly Sparks, a documentary about an all-female skate gang rolling around San Francisco in the early 80s. Were imagining a Bay Area Dogtown in which the awesomely talented Peggy Oki has help carrying the lady flag. And with organizations such as Skate Like a Girl growing in San Francisco and beyond, as well as 10 new skate parks planned for San Francisco (and more than 20 in the greater Bay Area), its a great time to brush up on local skate history. Grab a board and land a switch hard flip to nose manual to 180 late flip out or just hoist a glass of wine and soak up the creativity.
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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.'"