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 are all looking for a way to brighten our interior and exterior lives in these economically stupid times, and the Art in Storefronts program is bound to hit all your experiential sensors in the best way. You may or may not feel like empty storefronts are rubbing the crappy times in your face, but seeing them filled with art installations is inspiring. We all want to feel great things are happening in our beautiful city, and guess what? The Chinatown component of the San Francisco Arts Commissions citywide artification project kicks off with an exciting opening night featuring an art walk, artist talks, a tea tasting, and delicious victuals from Four Seas, Z&Y, and the much-celebrated Charles Phan of the Slanted Door, who grew up in Chinatown. In addition, there will be live music from the San Francisco Pacific Chinese Folk Music Group and funky politicos Diskarte Namin. The installation designs are everything from earnest to farcical, employing materials such as string, photographs, televisions, sound, and fake flowers. Niana Lius Three Entrée Restaurant at 630 Kearny looks iconic the food may be ordered from a menu with three choices: 1. Cheap and good (slow) 2. Cheap and fast (crappy) and 3. Good and fast (expensive).
June 11-Sept. 18, 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.'"