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
Pickup basketball is a weird social phenomenon where a bunch of strangers meet at a designated spot during a designated time to engage in an athletic competition governed by de facto rules established in some mythic rulebook.
Politics runs through "Photography in Mexico." The exhibit includes shots taken in the 1920s following the Mexican Revolution, ones documenting social injustice, and those of the border region between the United States and Mexico. Opening the show is the work of Tina Modotti and Edward Weston, who went to Mexico City in 1923, and while there were studios on every corner, photography was not considered an art form, says Jessica McDonald, the curator of this show. Modetti and Weston held exhibitions and encouraged photographers that art photography was a viable path. One person they encouraged was Manuel Álvarez Bravo, later one the most influential photographers in Mexico. Bravo, whose iconic photos include a striking worker, shot, lying in a pool of blood, was struggling to document the events in his country and find an identity. The cultural, social and intellectual movements going on in Mexico interested artists in other parts of the world. For instance, the leader of the Surrealist movement, Frenchman André Breton, a friend of Bravo's, visited Mexico City and later said that in Mexico, Surrealism -- considered by Breton to be a philosophy for living rather than just an artistic movement -- was a part of everyday life. "You couldn't just be an art photographer yet," McDonald says. "To make a living, often they had to work for the established press such as Look or Life." McDonald says crime photography, known as the "bloody news," is to Mexico what celebrity photography is here. Gabriela Iturbide spent time with indigenous people and document their lives, while Lourdes Grobet decided to take pictures of the wildly popular Mexican wrestling, known as lucha libre. Part of the exhibit includes contemporary color photography depicting the environmental devastation, such as in Pablo López Luz's aerial views of Mexico City. Rather than document the poverty in Mexico, Daniela Rossell chose to shoot wealthy young women, many married to government officials, in their over-the-top houses in her series Rich and Famous. The show's final component is made up of photos by international photographers of the U.S.-Mexico border -- focusing on the landscape as well as the experiences of the border patrol and those trying to cross into the United States. "It's an interesting dialogue with what comes before," says McDonald about the contemporary photography. "It's like they're saying, 'This is Mexico too, for better or for worse.'"
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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.'"