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
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company's Chapel/Chapter is a haunting, deeply intimate work that blends media hype, song, and storytelling with a zeal that's rare among 70-minute dance pieces. Like other modern dance performances, Chapel/Chapter mixes the topical with the abstract, and also draws from master choreographer Jones' prolific background in multimedia pieces. An ensemble of contemporary musicians, ranging from experimental vocalist Lipbone Redding to chanteuse Alicia Hall Moran to fusion-loving musical director Daniel Bernard Roumain, sets the backdrop for the show's gorgeously dissonant and endlessly protean inventions. The gist of the performance? Our lives are informed by the court of public opinion in all its grisly, yarn-spinning manifestations. The dancers and musicians offer their own surreal interpretations of news items, court transcripts, and media myths. Singers alternately trill and read aloud from depositions of criminal cases, while the dancers enact harrowing scenes on Bjorn Amelan's hopscotch set. Despite our desensitization to the depiction of violence in everyday life, in the retelling of both personal and public stories, Jones' piece has a soothing confessional quality that dissects trauma without exploiting it.
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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.'"