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.
There's no secret to helping you focus better — unless you count Adderall — but studies have shown that listening to music before or while performing a task can improve attention, memory, and even your ability to perform mental math.
The apex of the tourist season is several months away, but one of our biggest visitor destinations gets quite crowded today -- with dancers (some of whom might be tourists). It’s Bay Area Dance Week, which starts at noon in Union Square with One Dance. Event organizers say last year saw some 2,000 people dancing and watching, and they hope for a bigger turnout this year, the 30th birthday of the San Francisco-based Dancers’ Group. Participation isn’t limited to professional dancers. In fact, more than 100 Bay Area dance organizations and artists lead events for dancers of all skill levels. At today’s One Dance, participants perform a short piece based on music and choreography that can be found on the group’s website. The 10-day “week” continues with some 600 events taking place across the Bay Area, including classes, open rehearsals, and performances. Events include a Japanese modern-dance workshop at MoBu Dance Studio (Saturday, April 21, at 1:30 p.m.), a fire-dance performance at City Hall where photographers are welcome to shoot (Sunday, April 22, at 7:15 p.m.), and a class on blues-dance basics at Studio Gracia (Friday, April 27, at 8 p.m.). Anna Halprin hosts the closing event on April 29, a production of her acclaimed Planetary Dance, where participants form three circles that each go in separate directions at varying speeds. Halprin is 91 and survived a 1971 diagnosis of colon cancer -- let her life and performance be an example of what dance can do for you.
April 20-29, noon, 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.'"