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
The most clichéd things you can possibly associate with San Francisco are the Golden Gate Bridge and fog over the bay, but looking out at the bridge in a thick fog from Kirby Cove, with the skyline of the city peeking through, is just as magical as it is stupidly clichéd. Although you have to make your way to the Marin Headlands to experience this view, the Kirby Cove campgrounds are well worth the adventure into that home base of the anti-vaccination movement, just for their gorgeous view of the city.
Describing the work of Samuael Topiary is a little in the vein of The Sound of Musics How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? Truly, how do you catch a cloud a heady, arts-literate cloud and pin it down? Miz Topiary brings to the stage her fascination with the myth of Icarus, the Greek buffoon who flew his hand-crafted wings too close to the sun and melted them. And then he fell from the sky. Now, many mythical centuries later, the tale serves as a handy metaphor for ambition and physical limitation. Topiary embodies six different characters onstage in Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, including Pieter Bruegel the Elder, who painted Landscape with the Fall of Icarus in 1558. Her characters explore the intersection of art, technology, and flying via video projections, poetry, monologue, sock puppets (tossed into the lineup ever so casually), and live music. Former Bay Area resident and great talent C. Ryder Cooley plays the saw, ukelele, and accordion in the show: If you ever caught a Down River show (Cooleys band with fellow maestra of esoterica, Anah-k) in the 1990s, you'll remember the sweet and eerie melodies she conjures. This is a smart, one-of-a-kind show that combines aesthetically beautiful imagery, astute observation, and Topiarys unique perspective one you would ultimately never want to catch or pin down.
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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.'"