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
San Francisco recently surpassed New York as the most expensive place to live in the U.S. This should not come as a shock to anyone who's ever paid $72 for a parking ticket or $7 for a bottle of "organic" water. S.F. was even denied the right to enjoy Subway's $5 footlong sandwich deal because it couldn't afford to do business here at that price. When you're done crying over that incredible injustice, you might as well console yourself with some free visits to S.F.'s finest cultural institutions. On the list of places with free admission today are Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Cartoon Art Museum (it calls it "pay what you wish" day), Conservatory of Flowers, de Young, Musee Mechanique (always free!), and Legion of Honor. If your schedule lends itself to a museum crawl, definitely put the Contemporary Jewish Museum on your list, since today's your last chance to view the "Do Not Destroy Trees" exhibit for free (It ends Sept. 9). If you can only visit one museum, however, then we recommend you hit up SFMOMA. The Cindy Sherman photographs are a must-see, of course, but don't dawdle too long. Ben Kinmont's "Prospectus," billed as part conceptual art and "social sculpture," is newly on display."Field Conditions" puts the "art" back in "architecture" with provocative pieces on design, boundaries, and in/visible space. At noon, Julie Lazar from the International Contemporary Arts Network discusses John Cage's enigmatical nothingtoseeness, and presents a screening of Circle of Circuses, which draws on Cage's "Rolywholyover A Circus" composition. Then there are the multiple led and mobile tours, to further justify that new iPad. Lastly, don't forget to head to the rooftop garden for art you can imbibe. Blue Bottle is serving up a Sherman Ice Cream Float, (scoops by Humphry Slocombe) topped with edible "disco glitter." Just in time for S.F. summer.
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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.'"