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
Before every dream vacation in a faraway land comes the agony of the long-haul plane flight. We always fantasize about being magically upgraded out of economy, but we always find ourselves in steerage, where the aisles are narrow and the seats barely recline. Making art is probably not the first thing that occurs to the average person , but artist Nina Katchadourian is definitely not the average person. Known for conceptual pieces in which she has mended broken spider webs with thread or organized the cars in a parking lot by color, Katchadourian always brings a lively sense of humor and a keen observational eye to her practice. In March 2010 she pulled out her camera phone on a flight and started improvising with the materials she had on hand, and to this day she has amassed more than 2,500 images and videos in this ongoing body of work she calls “Seat Assignments.” Paper toilet seat covers and inflatable neck pillows transform into elaborate ruffles and headpieces in the hilarious Lavatory Self-Portraits in the Flemish Style, while in the Buckleheads series she surreptitiously snaps pictures of her fellow passengers by capturing their faces reflected in her seatbelt. In-flight magazines and travel guides serve as the components for collages, and even the ubiquitous in-flight salty snacks find new uses on her tray table as she arranges them into patterns. Planning a trip that involves air travel? Her work is inspiration on how to make the flights less miserable.
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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.'"