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
The shadowy world of classified military projects, which accounts for $32 billion a year in funding, is a curious place. The people involved cant tell you anything about it -- theyd have to kill you -- but they like to wear spiffy identifying patches front and center on their uniforms. And what do badges for dark, secret ops look like? Absolutely incredible -- but also nutbag crazy. Theres a naked woman riding a killer whale, a dragon clutching the Earth, and an alien eating a B-2, along with a hefty dose of goose-pimpling text like A Lifetime of Silence, The Ghost Squadron, and We Make Threats Not Promises. Youll also find lots of grim reapers, Latin, occult symbols, and other manly stuff that would be right at home on a Megadeth T-shirt. Although the actual projects the patches refer to remain on need-to-know basis -- and were way down on that list -- the emblems do leave you with the feeling were in good hands, at least with regard to secretly funded awesome patch-making. Local artist Trevor Paglen, who regularly documents our classified government, shows off his collection in the book I Could Tell You but Then You Would Have to Be Destroyed by Me: Emblems from the Pentagon's Black World. Today, he joins photographer Michael Light, who often works with covert images, and writer Rebecca Solnit in a discussion titled Landscape Is Destiny.
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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.'"