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 you grow up as the son of a charismatic Democratic congressman who loudly championed the arts during the worst of the anti-NEA fights, cynical logic would have it that youd end up a kneejerk conservative appliance salesman. Thank goodness Griff Williams bucked that possibility. Instead, Williams, son of Representative Pat Williams (D-Montana), became an artist himself, graduating from the San Francisco Art Institute with an M.F.A. and promptly opening Gallery 16 in 1993 at the start of the dot-com vertigo. Well aware that government funding for art was growing ever scarcer, he partnered his gallery with a printmaking business, Urban Digital Color, creating what he describes as an art version of listener-sponsored radio. For the gallerys 15th anniversary show, "These Are The People In Your Neighborhood," Williams showcases the experiments participants, some of whom have been in Whitney Biennial exhibitions and won SECA awards. Youll see works from the likes of Lauren Davies, Ala Ebtekar, Amy Franceschini, Harrell Fletcher, Cliff Hengst, Lynn Hershman, Scott Hewicker, Tucker Nichols, and Margaret Kilgallen. Fifteen years is no small accomplishment for a gallery; celebrate the experiments success at an opening party with live music from Or, the Whale.
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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.'"