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
If an artists job is to create, then God would just edge out the digestive system in terms of tonnage produced. In "Universes Unlimited, conceptual artist Jonathon Keats now springs to the top of the pack. He developed, and is selling, do-it-yourself universe kits. How does it work? Physicist Hugh Everett III explained it all years ago when he bent over to look at a subatomic particle that had been appearing in two places at once. He noticed that when he observed it, the second location vanished. The universe, he deduced, musta cleaved in two. (Everett then went to work as a defense analyst and died a multimillionaire in 1982). Mulling over Everett, Keats decided to get a supply of subatomic particles, look at them, and cleave universes. "I figured the easiest approach would be to measure radioactive decay," he explains in his press release, not really explaining anything. "So I assembled a prototype out of uranium-doped glass and a sliver of scintillating crystal." He rigged it together with a drinking straw and chewing gum, and universes spilled from it like maggots. At todays opening, Keats offers $20 D.I.Y. universe kits, consisting of uranium-doped glass and scintillating crystal; users must procure their own gum, blind faith, jar, and straw.
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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.'"