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.
When we hear "reality competition," visions of Heidi Klum and Donald Trump invade our heads. Artists, not so much. Bravo made a noble effort to shoehorn contemporary art into the reality TV format last year with its show Work of Art, and it did generate buzz. On the other hand, some called the challenges silly and the ethics of granting the winner a solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum questionable at best, while personally we lost interest after the fabulous Nao Bustamante was eliminated early on. Bustamante would probably do better at SQUART, choreographer Laura Arrington's unique performance art contest. SQUART stands for spontaneous queer art, and it's previously been held at The Lab and SOMArts. In it, teams of volunteers are given themes and a limited amount of time to come up with a work that they perform for a panel of judges. Today's round is "SQUART Into the Wild," an extension of Arrington's current residency at the center. Four teams of 10 have 24 hours to come up with a piece touching on the topics of endurance and retreat. The judges are dance and improv luminaries Meg Stuart, Jess Curtis, Keith Hennesy, and Ivo Dimchev. In keeping with the center's commitment to artistic process, people are welcome to stop by any time during those 24 hours to watch creativity in action. As you might have guessed from a giggle-inducing name like SQUART, absolutely anything goes, from the ridiculous to the sublime.
Sun., March 27, 3 p.m., 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.'"