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
The art world took notice when Banksy began doing graffiti that did more than simply identify its creator here was something new. But little in the art world is truly new, and you only had to scratch one of his stenciled figures to see he was following a trail that had been forged by a pioneering rodent, Blek le Rat. The original stencil revolutionary had been needling France since the '80s, first with rats that crawled out of the subway and took over the city, and then with figures like an old Irish fellow, Madonna and child, and Michelangelos David with an AK-47. For years he existed in the shadows, a street myth no one thought to investigate. But the rise of Banksy as well as Banksys famous line, Every time I think Ive painted something original, I find out that Blek le Rat has done it as well, only 20 years earlier has lifted le Rat into a very public fame, complete with gallery shows. Faces in the Mirror features some of his legendary images next to more obscure work, like his Mona Lisa. It appears in conjunction with Transitions by the young stencil artist Above, who has agreed, thanks to the presence of le Rat, to his first show inside a building rather than on it. (Though, as with every big street-art show to arrive in the city, its best to keep one eye tuned to the cityscape for undocumented new work.)
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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.'"