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
Once famous throughout the league as a haven for misfits and rejects looking to resurrect their careers, the Raiders have for the last decade or more made an art from out of epically wrong personnel decisions.
Shadow puppets for flood relief! Of the extensive and tireless benefit circuit in San Francisco (which we attend out of philanthropic interest, regardless of the new-school burlesque content), the art show Tabi Tabi Po should pique your interest and sense of urgency. Weve rallied for new skate parks and to send every former smoker on their first AIDS Lifecycle jaunt, but the victims of recent natural disasters in the South Pacific are calling out for help, and talented Pinoy artists from the United States, Norway, and the Philippines are answering. The typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng, which struck the end of September, left several hundred Filipinos dead and millions of others affected in innumerable ways. Tonights performance is part of a month-long show of urban visual art exploring Filipino folklore, part of whose sales benefit the victims. At 5:30 p.m., Bindlestiff puppet masters present The Dwende That Grew Too Big, a shadow-play about the mythological creatures. Tabi tabi po, translated loosely, means Im passing through respectfully, which ideally prevents the Duende from getting mischievous. Finish rolling your coins and stacking your bills, then bring them over to be entertained while you philanthropize.
Nov. 24-Dec. 12, 2009
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.'"