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
Fashion illustration? You mean drawings of models with cheekbones that double as letter openers and enormous '80s shoulder pads? Thalia Stratton -- whose collectors include former Mayor Art Agnos -- injects a few of those, just to prove she can do it. Her darker work sketched behind the scenes in the dressing room proves that she can do even more. She is one of eight women exhibiting in "Fashionably Drawn: A Femme Cartel Art Show," curated by Emily “Femily” Howe and Christina Bohn. The show is billed as “a playful, edgy, cheeky show about powerful femmes, feminists, and females living large and rocking their own unique styles, personalities, and visions,” and pushes fashion way past traditional boundaries. The women in Renee “Lady Reni” Castro’s works, for example, sport a variation on the ribcage corset she debuted in 2010 in her painting La Llorona or a full bison hide headdress, neither exactly prêt-à-porter. While Castro’s tatted models flaunt fabulously un-petite booties and sensual bellies, Eliza Frye’s heroines are slender, bordering on waifish, but that’s where their resemblance to the untouchable denizens of the catwalk ends. Eyes smudged and knuckles bloodied, they mirror '20s starlets after one hell of a wild night. Frye writes, “I approach my work the same way I approach my love letters.” Lucky is the recipient.
July 20-Aug. 6, 2012
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.'"