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
Apiphobes people suffering from the fear of bees will want to avoid Queen of the Sun, the latest film by the director of The Real Dirt on Farmer John. A good deal of Taggart Siegel's work consists of close-ups of our yellow fuzzy friends, together with beautiful shots of amber-colored honey shot against sunlight. Apiphobes may, however, rejoice in the film's first half, depicting the terrible decline in the world's bee population. Unfortunately for the rest of us, this catastrophe, blamed here on pesticides and the effect of genetically modified crops, may deprive us of much of the food that we eat. Bees, you must know, are central to pollinating our crops, and modern industrial practices are fatally weakening them. Siegel even gets us upset at the practice of artificially inseminating queen bees swarming is best. More hard data on these vital topics would have been welcome, but instead there's an upbeat, rather New Agey thrust to this film. We therefore see lots of urban and rural beekeepers living in harmony, dancing with, enjoying the stings of, and in one case rubbing his mustache on these helpful critters. Nonetheless everyone, even apiphobes, should see this film, if only to appreciate the danger we're all in of a buzzless world.
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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.'"