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
You don't have to be a polar bear trapped on a melting ice floe to feel the affects of climate change going on right now. Even here in our foggy Bay Area, the summers seem hotter and the winters colder. With so much craziness in the weather outside, it can be tempting to just retreat into our homes and hunker down, blasting the heat or the A/C as needed. Local artist Mark Benson addresses these attempts to regulate our comfort levels in his solo show "Get the Flu." The recent CCA M.F.A. grad creates witty sculptural installations out of working space heaters and air conditioners, stacking the units on top of its own box or tilting them at a jaunty angle. For the exhibition all of the machines are turned on full power, generating pockets of extreme heat and cold within the gallery itself and subtly pointing out the connection between energy consumption and global warming. Visitors move through the space, testing out their endurance to the different temperature zones. At tonight's opening, Benson questions our control of our internal environments as well as the external by enlisting a registered nurse to hand out flu shots, rewarding those brave enough to get jabbed on the spot with a certificate of authenticity. Just be cautious about mixing your limited-edition inoculation with your PBR.
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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.'"