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
Although more than 65 artists have shuffled through the rubbish at the dump (the city-run one, not our sidewalks), the S.F. Recycling & Disposal Artist-in-
Residence program still has an air of mystery. Must be the exhibits, which take place at the Solid Waste Transfer and Recycling Center near Monster Park (definitely not part of the First Thursday art crawl) and are restricted to blink-and-you'll-miss-it weekend openings. Tonight, however, it's moving uptown, bringing "Music and Videos from the Dump" to Herbst Theatre. Part of the reason might be the acoustics: The night features a performance of Nathaniel Stookey's Junkestra, which was created during Stookey's residency early this year and has been wowing crowds ever since. For this show, he's lured the percussion section of the S.F. Symphony Youth Orchestra and baton-handler Benjamin Schwartz, the S.F. Symphony's resident conductor. They'll have to wrench music from Stookey's self-described "sonorous collection" of junk, which includes "pipes, pans, mixing bowls, bottles, serving trays, deck railings, dresser drawers, oil drums, bike wheels, saws, garbage cans, bathroom fixtures, birdcages, and shopping carts." But nobody is worried: Stookey says he found "a richer palette of timbre and pitch than anything I could have foreseen or designed." The rest of the night is given over to short videos from program artists, including "I Am Your Appetite" by Banker White, "Dining at the Dump" by Robin Lasser, "The Why of the System" by Nomi Talisman, and untitled video works by Reddy Lieb and Don Ross.
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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.'"