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
Jacques Boyreau, along with every other collector of fringe, underground, or outsider art, finds the low life infinitely more interesting than the high life. A fervid proselytizer as much as a dedicated collector, Boyreau shared his personal stash in the lovingly illustrated 2002 book Trash: The Graphic Genius of Xploitation Movie Posters. And as one of the driving forces of the much-loved and much-missed local Werepad space, he turned on countless young innocents to the skuzzy pleasures of '70s exploitation flicks. Now churning up the placid Portland art scene, Boyreau returns to Sodom by the Bay with a slideshow preview of Supertrash, another savory sample of trashy oddities that hits bookshelves next year. On the unlikely chance that a Jacques Boyreau show-and-tell isn't sufficiently stimulating, tonight's "Supatrash Peepshow" program also includes Andy Milligan's grimy 1973 opus, Fleshpot on 42nd Street (aka The Girls on 42nd Street). A headlong dip in the deep end of the cesspool, this low-rent classic follows an endlessly scamming, scheming, and screwing heroine around New York City. The sordid saga of Dusty Cole can hardly be described as a female empowerment flick; after all, not everyone in the gutter is looking at the stars.
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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.'"