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
Just as he was finding his voice, and as The Beat Generation was swelling up around him, Allen Ginsberg began to take photographs of his friends — portraits that attempted to contain the integrity of each subject as well as an intimate moment between them. He did this for nearly a decade, and when he asked Bill Morgan to archive his work in the 1980s, many of the photos emerged. So Ginsberg brought out the camera again to take portraits of the remaining Beats and some of his other friends (including Bob Dylan and Francesco Clemente). He then hand-wrote inscriptions on many of them. To present “Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg,” this special exhibition of more than 80 photos, the Contemporary Jewish Museum has curated an entire series of programs, ranging from talks with Bill Morgan to readings with local luminaries across multiple generations. This opening celebration includes a talk from National Gallery of Art’s Curator of Photography Sarah Greenough about the making of the exhibition, followed by an original musical arrangement of Ginsberg’s poem “America” by Conspiracy of Beards’ musical director Daryl Henline. There will also be a pop-up poetry salon and drop-in zine-making with the always rad Rad Dad creators, a typewriter petting zoo (!), and a cash bar.
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: May 23. Continues through Sept. 8, 2013
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.'"