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
An art show with the theme lets chill out and enjoy summer, bro wont do much to counteract local stereotypes. Regardless, we can appreciate such a simple and direct pitch: As we enter summer, Why not kick back and mellow out at an art opening? makes a pretty compelling argument. Chilling out is more of a state of mind than an aesthetic guideline for the artists contributing to Ease Yourself and Glide curator and photographer Ruth Swanson has better taste than to exhibit black-light paintings of bong-smoking dolphins. Organized using the loose themes of serendipity and release, the work at the show is impressively varied, unified only by its DIY sensibility. This takes on many forms, including the folk art-referencing work of Cody Cochrane, the collagelike drawings of Amy E. Mayfield, the whimsical portraiture of Aiyana Udesen, and the transfigurative prints of Ellie Curtis. Some of the most stunning work comes from Portland, Ore.s Mark Warren Jacques, whose trippy geometric renderings resemble the final sequence from 2001: A Space Odyssey on a couple of extra doses, and Jason Matthew Vivona, whose skate-rat ways make a mockery of high vs. low art distinctions. Still insufficiently chill? The opening also features mellow audio courtesy of DJ Kyle Field, an exhibiting artist best known as the minimalist folk singer Little Wings.
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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.'"