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
As a group art exhibit, "Inchoate" has no duds. From the target-practice photos of Bayéte Ross-Smith to the world-askew video panels of Reggie Stump, the new gallery with its giant windows overlooking Grant Street hosts an awful lot of talent; hats off to guest curator Jeanne C. Finley. One installation especially stood out at the opening reception, though: David Gurman's Reflector: 33.20N, 43.55E. It looks simple, even simplistic, at first, but it gets complicated fast. Consisting mainly of a souped-up overhead projector, the piece looks like a wobbling ball of light on the wall. It is a wobbling ball of light on the wall, but the nearby headphones inform you of the cause of the wobbling: explosions. A large subwoofer speaker is pointed at a bowl of water, playing the sounds of What? Fireworks? The sounds are very large and sometimes very far away, and it turns out the recording was made by the "Thundering Third" Battalion, First Marines, in Al Fallujah, Iraq in 2004. The noises shake the water, and varying degrees of vibration float across its surface, and are projected on the wall. You're watching an abstraction of our war, and all of a sudden the glowing orb has a narrative. You can't stop watching or wanting to duck. The show features California College of the Arts alumni.
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.'"