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 think street art is confined to the hipster irony of Banksy stencils and Shepard Fairey wheatpastes, think again. There has long been a continuum of artists who use the urban environment to address political and social issues right out in the open where anyone can engage with them. Muralists and graffiti-writers put the Mission on the DIY art map in the 1970s with freewheeling interpretations of their respective forms — and all you have to do is take a stroll down Clarion or Balmy alleys to observe that the contemporary movement is still alive and kicking. Now that street art is familiar enough to the general public to get its own episode of The Simpsons, the exhibit “Motion Graphics: In and Beyond the Street” showcases six artists who are known for pushing the genre’s boundaries. Photographs by Eric Staller document his experiments with light on the late-night streets of New York City when he resided there in the late 1970s. Ricardo Richey (aka Apex) has recently transmuted the typography he is famous for as a graffiti artist into sculptures, as in his sinuous lowercase “e” that stacks and twists the letter almost beyond recognition. Meanwhile, Ana Teresa Fernandez continues to tackle gender identity and border politics in her work, slyly disguising a part of the barrier that separates the U.S. from Mexico with a shade of blue paint meant to mimic the sky — this while rocking a little black dress and sky-high heels, no less. We’d like to see Banksy do that.
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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.'"