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
We don't often go out of our way for restrooms, but in the case of Macy's sixth-floor ladies room (sorry guys: you'll just have to make do with having everything else), all who pass through its doors will understand why it's worth the effort.
It is the law of easy money that people inside a bubble never know where they are there's just an oily sheen to everything, which they mistake as the glisten of money waiting to be harvested. Hence, the 2008 art auction by Damien Hirst, which blew apart all expectations. It happened on the same day Lehman Brothers collapsed, an omen the art crowd took as a blessing, since they were lodged in a bubble and witnessing a bunch of pickled animals (for that is what Hirst does, his art is to pickle animals) net the artist $200 million. One month later, pop; art bubble obliterated. Art critic Ben Lewis saw it coming. In fact, he was one of the guys who predicted it (he wrote about it in 2007), and, smart guy that he is, he picked up a camera and started filming stuff: the art dealers, the art fairs, the sunny talk of billionaire art buyers, the staggering art auctions in the spring and summer of 2008, and the terrible events at the auctions later that year. The resulting movie, ConArt Confidential: The Great Contemporary Art Bubble, necessarily pulls back the curtain on some of the nastier things in business of art, such as inflating prices at auctions, treating art as investments to be warehoused, and pickling cows. Lewis appears in person at the Jan. 15 and 16 screenings.
Jan. 15-21, 7 & 9 p.m.; Sat., Jan. 16, 3 & 5 p.m.; Jan. 22-28, 6:30 p.m., 2010
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.'"