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
For someone who lives in the downtown corridor — all right, the Tenderloin — the idea of going to Ocean Beach for pizza is rife with potential pratfalls: high Uber fares, lengthy Muni trips, ever-present fog, jet lag.
Fendi, Gucci, Chanel, Prada -- these names mean life or death to a certain type of someone. Thankfully, the counterfeiting industry has the matter firmly in hand, churning out remarkable clones days after designs hit stores and giving poorly funded fashion ding-a-lings the opportunity to appear in public. But no one, save the 3 a.m. crowd in the T.L., is going to mistake Stephanie Syjuco's work for anything on store shelves. The artist takes images of designer bags she likes, grabs rolls of yarn, and crochets them herself, coming up with "lumpy mutations" or something equally charming. She's worked up a global scheme called the Counterfeit Crochet Project -- outposts reach Manila, Beijing, and Istanbul -- which encourages people to make fakes in both a wry homage and a pretty fair slap to high fashion. If you have the skills with the needles and are sick of making socks or hand puppets or whatever it is you do, head down to Counterfeit Crochet Workshop to meet Syjuco and start your career in the fashion industry. The workshop appears conjunction with the exhibit "The Way That We Rhyme: Women, Art & Politics" and occurs throughout the run (to read more about the show, check out Traci Vogel's column on page TK).
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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.'"