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
The queer group Gay Shame was the bane of DPW workers everywhere this past year, using "wheatpaste" (wheat + water = irritatingly hard-to-remove glue concoction) to post flyers targeting everyone from astroturfing pro-development group SFBARF to its capitalist benefactor, Yelp founder Jeremy Stoppelman (lest ye forget his epic response to now-fired Yelp staffer Talia Jane's Medium post complaining about the cost of living in SF: "Move to Phoenix!").
Say you're a struggling artist and can't exactly afford a studio on top of what you're paying for your room in that house you're sharing with six other struggling artists. For the past decade Root Division has offered a solution to those who'd rather not keep canvases, solvent, and dirty brushes in the room where they sleep: subsidized studio space in the heart of the Mission in exchange for teach a classes such as relief printing, plaster casting, and Holga 101 (it's a camera). This organization also organizes free after-school art classes for youth in addition to professional development courses where artists can adjust their portfolios or learn to market themselves. The classes are available year-round, but you only have one shot at the organization's doozy of an Art Auction. With work by more than 100 local artists up for grabs it would be spectacularly difficult not to go home with something cool, whether it's heavy metal patchwork courtesy of Ben Venom (one of our 2011 Masterminds winners) or a piece by Mary Anne Kluth that merges the personal and the scientific to beautiful effect. Also watch for work by Masako Miki, Chris Fraser, and Elisheva Biernoff, to name just a few more of our faves. Bid sneakily during the silent auction or publicly during the live auction. Either way you'll know your money is going to support the mission to keep the Bay Area's creative juices flowing.
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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.'"