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
Winston Smith may be one of the most plagiarized artists of all time; only whoever among us has never scrawled the iconic “DK” logo he created for the Dead Kennedys onto a binder or jean jacket may cast the first stone. Every few months he opens his studio, what he calls a “picturesque old joint that used to be a speakeasy,” and hosts an exhibit. Next up: “First Impressions,” prints by Gee Vaucher, with additional pieces by Smith. Vaucher was a member of seminal punk band Crass, and created much of its artwork in the ‘70s and ‘80s. “She's an underground legend in the punk rock world, but if punk had never come around, she'd still be a renowned artist,” Smith says. “She has such a great understanding of how we absorb things visually, and also quite strong opinions about the world. And her opinions are made manifest in her artwork.” This includes Great Scott, a riff on Sir Peter Scott’s idyllic waterfowl paintings into which she has interjected; and Our Father, where hands pressed together in prayer bear what appears to be the Pope’s Piscatory Ring along with assorted bling and a smoldering Perfecto cigar. And in Shoot by Numbers, a young man aims an assault rifle at two children. Vaucher is known for her hyper-realistic style, so here the paint daubs' lack of detail suggest the “color by numbers” ease of acquiring a gun in the United States. This one-night show kicks off a whirlwind tour including stops at the Anarchist Book Fair, Emerald Tablet, and City Lights Bookshop.
Fri., March 15, 7 p.m., 2013
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.'"