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
Artists use other people's work all the time when they find something in the pop cultural ether that resonates with them and then fold it into their own art. But sometimes the originators of the borrowed work are not happy and sue, as in recent high-profile cases involving Richard Prince and Shepard Fairey. In this age of retweeting and reblogging is it possible to come up with some common sense guidelines about what kind of creative reuse is acceptable? The artwork in the group show "Determining Domain" addresses this question and other issues surrounding copyrights, trademarks, and ownership. Kaleidoscopic mosaics by Sanaz Mazinani are made up of photos of the flag-covered coffins of soldiers who died in Iraq and Afghanistan, images that until 2005 the Pentagon blocked from distribution. Dentist Farnaz Shadravan contributes perhaps the most show-stopping work in the exhibition, a quartet of upright tubs that she carved into using the tools of her trade to create exact duplicates of four Albrecht Dürer woodcuts. Meanwhile Stephanie Syjuco does some witty appropriating of her own with her color printouts of antique vases arranged to trick the eye; and she takes the conversation further yet with floor-to-ceiling posters that point visitors to free resources about piracy and property.
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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.'"