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
When day drinkers just could not stop pissing along the train tracks at Dolores Park, where every weekend tons of revelers gather to partake in booze and other inebriants, the city came up with a great idea to make public urination acceptable: install an outdoor urinal.
We all have them, those pieces of clothing we can't bear to part with. A thrift shop suit from your City Hall wedding. That unspeakable dress from senior prom. An old college rugby t-shirt to go with your bum knee. They might be buried at the back of the closet, but we keep them because of the memories they represent. But what if the clothing in question is a military uniform, and the memories are of war? After coming home from Iraq, Drew Cameron found a way to cope with his experiences there by creating the Combat Paper Project with book artist Drew Matott. The Project's artists invite the public to work with them to deconstruct uniforms and turn them into paper, a process of transformation that memorializes the stories of the original wearers. Southern Exposure is currently set up as a fully functioning paper mill while Combat Paper Project is in residence, and for one weekend only, artist Ehren Tool joins them in the gallery with his pottery wheel for Paper/Cups, the opening reception for the ongoing project. A former Marine and Gulf War vet himself, Tool creates hand-thrown drinking vessels embedded with soldiers on horses, military insignia, and other symbols of aggression which he then freely gives away to encourage further conversation about war. Drop by to see him at work alongside Combat Paper Project or to share your own stories.
Sept. 21-22, 6 p.m., 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.'"