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 faced with the challenge of creating a book for a generation of not-yet-literate Baby Boomers, Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, penned a quirky story around two rhyming words he found on a list given to him by the head of education at Houghton Mifflin. The Cat in the Hat inaugurated a series of unconventional but inspired books for beginner readers that changed how reading was taught and solidified phonics into early education. Geisel went on to write and illustrate 44 books for children, and for his accomplishments we recognize his birthday, celebrated this month, as National Read Across America Day. But Seuss was a man more complicated than a rhymesmith. He enjoyed bawdy humor and chain-smoking. His catalogue of work touched on issues ranging from environmentalism to social injustice, propaganda, and womanizing. He was an introvert, but received a Pulitzer Prize, an Academy Award, three Grammy awards, and three Emmys. And he collected silly hats. The Dennis Rae Fine Art Gallery celebrates the many sides of Seuss this weekend with “Hats Off to Dr. Seuss,” an exhibition of never-before-seen hats and artwork from the author. The exhibit makes its third stop on a national tour in San Francisco and coincides with the 75th anniversary of another hat classic, "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins.” In addition to headwear, there’s a series of mixed media art, including drawings, paintings, and sculptures from the author’s career.
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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.'"