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
“Great dancers,” said the late choreographer and dancer Martha Graham, “are not great because of their technique. They are great because of their passion.” And while most of us will never perform at the White House or be named Dancer of the Century by Time like Graham, we can all find a bit of our own passion — for free — at Bay Area Dance Week. The festivities kick off with One Dance, an all-inclusive flash mob in Union Square on Friday at noon. On Saturday, kids as young as 8 and adults can try Aerial Dance at Zaccho Studios. Kids classes start at 10:45 a.m. and adults fly at 11:45. Head back to Union Square on Saturday night to watch the Fire Dancing Expo. The show starts at 7:45 p.m. and is family-friendly, but bring a chair and come early if you want to get close. At noon on Sunday, learn the basics of the Brazilian dance/martial art capoeira at ABADA’s Community Capoeira class. Also on Sunday is the Kathy Mata Ballet 2013 Celebration, with performances from Gnosis Dance Collective, Natalie Lu, and JHoney Goddess Belly Dance Girl starting at 3:30 p.m. Freelancers and the funemployed can stop by City College all week during midday hours for classes in tap, jazz, modern, and Argentine tango, among others. But if you’re behind a desk all day, the Mission Cultural Center has Latin Dance Grooves and Beginning Flamenco at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday. Then, on Tuesday, Hot Pink Feathers will teach Carnaval Cabaret Showgirl Dance at the City Dance Annex at 7:30 p.m. Be sure to catch the rare LINES Ballet Open Rehearsal at the Alonzo King LINES Ballet Academy on Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. And Wednesday isn’t hump day when it comes to Dance Week. With over 700 groups, 100 forms of dance, and 600 free performances and classes, Dance Week had to be 10 days long. We think Martha Graham would have been proud.
April 26-May 5, 2013
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.'"