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
Did you know that Russians have been in California longer than San Francisco has been a city? In 1812, more than 30 years before the Gold Rush, the tsarist government chartered Fort Ross in what is now Sonoma County to control exploration, trade, and settlement in the North Pacific. This weekend, San Francisco’s own Russian Center (did you know San Francisco had a Russian Center?) celebrates Fort Ross’ 200th anniversary in its annual Russian Festival. The three-day affair showcases acts including songstress Marina V and folk/jazz/blues/comedy team Limopo. There are also performances of ballet, folk dance and singing, gymnastics, and operetta. A gallery displays the work of contemporary emigre artists. There’s food (leave your diet and vegan requirements at home) and the World’s Greatest Vodka Bar (natch), which could help you loosen up for the dance party Friday night. Look for distinctive Valentine’s Day gifts at the amber jewelry boutiques. The center has been at its current location since its founding in 1939. Aside from the annual festival, it has regular performances and classes, a state-certified preschool, the offices of the Russian Life Daily newspaper, and a Russian library -- in case you ever want to read Notes from Underground in the original Cyrillic script.
Feb. 10-12, 2012
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.'"