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
Theres nothing wrong with shaking a tail feather, but we believe its best to do so when said feather is one of dozens glued to said tail. At the Carnaval Parade and Festival, youll catch plenty of dancers on and off the parade route shaking plumage they themselves have crafted and grafted. Thats Carnaval all over: an explosion of color and rhythm, of costumes and drums, of the vibrant countries and cultures that are the headwaters of San Franciscos funkiness. This years grand marshal of all things Carnaval is Ana Maria Polo, a Cuban American author, lawyer, and star of the TV show Caso Cerrado; but the special appearance most likely to inspire serious feather shaking is that of the Giants 2010 World Series trophy. (Lou Seal is handling security.) Catch Polo, the trophy, and a Galapagos of dancers, floats, and costumes along the route of the Grand Parade, which kicks off at 9:30 a.m. Sunday at 24th and Bryant streets. Global music inhabits three stages on Harrison between 16th and 23rd streets, a dance pavilion offers competitions and salsa classes, and top-flight international street food is omnipresent. Carnaval Fever afterparty offers three nights of round-the-world music at five venues, including shows from Forro Brazuca as well as Monophonics, SF Weeklys 2007 Best Funk/Soul/R&B band.
May 28-29, 2011
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.'"