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
Like a tagger with a camera, director Jon Reiss puts his mark on the canon of graffiti films using an appropriate technique: He goes bigger than anyone, hitting five continents over a two-year period. Reiss, who documented electronic music with Better Living Through Circuitry in 1999, interviews more than 100 artists for Bomb It, from laurel-resting legends to hooded youth still in the thick of it. He starts in the Philadelphia with the first modern writer (a still-happy cat named Cornbread), then provides a nostalgic look at New Yorks subway-car heyday before catching a plane. With a sharply edited blur of brief artist interviews cut with art, the film explores the various approaches to the form, from Blek Le Rat's vermin stencils in Paris to Sixe's cartoon characters in Barcelona to DAIM's wildly abstract lettering in Hamburg. Reiss also captures the differing reactions of the authorities: In Brazil, the twin-brother team Os Gemeos, caught during a session on a busy street, reason with the policeman until he actually moves on. In Cape Town, however, we find a street scene that grew out of the anti-Apartheid movement, where writers were detained as political prisoners. A freaky interlude concerns an artist named Zezão, who, outfitted in industrial waders, descends into what he calls "the most contaminated place in São Paulo" -- an underground sewer, knee-deep in scary fluids -- to craft, by flashlight, limpid alienlike symbols. Of course, nobody ever sees them, save perhaps the homeless family he found one day living amidst the waste. Throughout the film Reiss lets the detractors have their say -- graffiti is visual blight, a gateway crime, the iconic "broken window" that leads to an area's collapse -- and gives ample time to L.A.'s famous anti-graffiti vigilante, who seems to get as much thrill in painting over graffiti as artists get in creating it. Bomb It covers enormous ground (even billboard-liberator Ron English and Obey-kingpin Shepard Fairey get screen time) but it isn't even close to being the last word: Reiss says DVDs about each of the continents are on the way.
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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.'"