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
In the early 20th century, Futurism was sexy motorcars! Cement mixers! Buildings taller than 20 stories! Advances in technology were easy to wrap your head around, in contrast to today, where it takes diligent study to even understand the terms. And Marcel Duchamps Futurist-inspired Nude Descending a Staircase is very cool, not to mention Carlo Carràs Funeral of the Anarchist Galli, which portrays the ideals of dynamism, progress, and energy using dizzying color and diagonals. This month, the program "Metal + Machine + Manifesto = Futurism's First 100 Years" offers a nostalgic look back which the founders would surely denounce in a manifesto, if death hadnt been such a critic with a string of events throughout the city. They include a lecture by literary critic Marjorie Perloff on Oct. 15, a siren-serenaded banquet with beef ice-cream cones and avocado cocktails from F. T. Marinetti's Futurist Cookbook on Oct. 17 (both at SFMOMA), and a night of Futurist short plays and films on Oct. 18 at Brava Theater Center. Oct. 16's event at YBCA tackles Futurisms auditory contributions to history, which, no surprise, were totally cacophonic. Music for 16 Futurist Noise Intoners features original scores by Luigi Russolo and Paolo Buzzi and new ones by Mike Patton, Blixa Bargeld, and Carla Kihlstedt, among others; the music arrives via Russolos hand-cranked noise intoners, which produce buzzes, blasts, and general racket. Given that futurism championed energy, movement, youth and the destruction of libraries, museums, and schools expect this survey to be anything but staid.
Oct. 14-18, 2009
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.'"