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
We will dispense with the double entendres: Carol Doda, who we lost in November, was a San Francisco hero who will be rightly celebrated and remembered as long as the town she helped create still stands, the torch held aloft along Broadway and kept alight in neon.
When you're a kid the urge to muck with Barbie's plasic perfection is undeniable. That long blonde hair and peaches-and-cream complexion just invite creative misuse. Our particular "Partytime Barbie" eventually found herself sporting a purple mohawk, Bowie-inspired face paint, and a handmade wardrobe that could have come straight out of designer Vivienne Westwood's closet. Fortunately for us some people have never grown out of playing with dolls, and the fruits of their twisted visions are on display in the 10th Annual Altered Barbie Exhibition 2012. The show is a veritable cornucopia of severed doll parts, flamboyant dioramas, and surreal photography, all from over 50 artists using Ken and Barbie as their source material. Diane Cassidy painstakingly recreates famous works from the history of art with her dolls, giving pieces by Warhol, Wyeth, and Whistler a witty makeover. In a series of peaceful, spare paintings, Ronman Ng transforms Barbie into Buddhism-inspired deities such as White Tarbie and Amitabha Budbie, while exhibition co-curator Ruby Pearl takes a more deliciously profane tack with her sexualized representations of the doll. In this election year Lavonne Sallee even puts Barack and Michelle in the show, dressed in their wedding finery and perched atop a classroom globe. And how would Barbie vote? Even with her pink Corvette we think she'd consider herself part of the 99 percent.
Wednesdays-Sundays, 1 p.m. Starts: Oct. 24. Continues through Nov. 18, 2012
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.'"