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
Last year, artist Takashi Murakami erected a Louis Vuitton shop in the middle of Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. It caused something of an uproar. Art critic Lee Rosenbaum said that the shop co-opts museums as shameless corporate marketing tools. The New Yorkers Peter Schjeldahl, however, thought it provided a haven from the strident grotesquerie of what might be termed Murakamis fine-art product lines. Despite the divergent opinions about Murakamis show, theres no disputing that its becoming increasingly fashionable to blend boutique commerce and art galleries. The "Mini Market" pop-up store is a fine example of the trend. Gallery owner Jessica Silverman invited fashionista Carolina Amaris to curate all kinds of desirables, including vintage Vivienne Westwood garments; jewelry by Todd Sensoli and Giles & Brother; and the kitsch-a-riffic zebra-striped bodybuilding pants known as Zubaz. Silverman describes "Mini Market" as a concept shop, so the merchandise may rotate, but the artsy aesthetic remains. Catch it tonight before it transforms back into plywood. There will be fresh local food catered by Keiko Takano, nail painting by Beauty Bar grad Tanya Wischerath, and homemade tarot by Jessica Miller.
Aug. 22-30, 2008
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.'"