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
Nothing caps off a nice day at the beach like a mouthful of sand — especially if the grit in your teeth is the reward for the grit required to splay flat-out on your stomach, for the prize of a plastic disc in your hand, and all the glory that comes along with it.
The photography of Lane Wilson conjures the dramatic, high-contrast landscapes of legends such as Ansel Adams and Edward Weston. Stark. Beautiful. Serene. ... And then there's Wilson's other work. One example is a wintertime shot taken in the mountains that resembles the hide of a Holstein cow. In fact, you have to focus for a few seconds to conclude that you're not looking at a Holstein cow. And even then you're only mostly sure, not all sure. It's puzzling and it's precisely the kind of photo Ann Jastrab was looking for when she put together Scene Unseen, a collection of works that start with predictable settings or objects and make them look like they're from different worlds. Another such piece comes from Mary Parisi. She shoots food. Only, sometimes it doesn't look like food. It looks like a landscape. (Are you sensing a pattern here?) The result is Ham Mountain. Adam Ekberg, on the other hand, augments his landscapes, like the time he put a vacuum cleaner on the snowy surface of a frozen lake then plugged it in and turned it on. Frozen lake aside, many shots in Scene Unseen were taken in familiar places around the Bay Area, Jastrab says, but don't expect to recognize any. A recent reaction to one piece in the show might as well speak for them all: It looks different than any place I've ever been.
Nov. 11-Dec. 12, 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.'"