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
If you're like us, and you appreciate the slap-happy singles style of Tony Gwynn to the deep-ball threat of Barry Bonds, then the shuffleboard table at Fly Bar on Larkin and Sutter is definitely your speed.
Many artists (maybe its just humans) face the same dilemma: How to do the soul-crushing work of paying the bills without giving in? How to preserve the fragile will to self-expression? Without pure creativity, what kind of hollow-eyed zombies would we be? For now, we can focus on people whove somehow managed to survive and create as well. At Finding Jake Lee, canvases of splendor show scenes of Chinese-American life during the previous century, some aspects of which had been nearly forgotten including work done in the nascent wine industry. Lee did plenty of advertising and magazine illustrations, but he managed to also leave something of real value. Focus on him! And heres the real story: Although the paintings on display at Finding Jake Lee originally hung in the swanky back room of Kans upscale nightclub (Chinatown, mid-1960s, awesome) they were all subsequently lost when the place was sold. With hard work and a lucky break or two, Chinese Historical Society of America executive director Sue Lee got em back for us, hence the exhibits name. Most of the large-scale paintings show life in California, but the societys website also trumpets the 1888 champion Chinese fire-hose team of Deadwood, South Dakota!
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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.'"