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
When the San Francisco Arts Commission wanted someone to dress up City Hall for the building's 100th anniversary last year, and become the structure's first artist-in-residence, it took a leap of faith by choosing Jeremy Fish.
The books of the Torah are strewn with stories of women who don't have the easiest time of it, to put it mildly. There is Miriam, who despite her status as a prophetess was struck down with leprosy for questioning her brother Moses' leadership. Or Hagar, who gave Abraham a son before his first wife Sarah did but almost died in the desert when Sarah had Abraham sent her away. In 1969 sculptor Jacques Lipchitz chose Hagar as the subject of his last massive bronze, now installed at the Contemporary Jewish Museum. To help celebrate the sculpture, Brooklyn musician Alicia Jo Rabins performs with her folk-inflected indie pop band Girls in Trouble, adding a specially commissioned song about the trials of Hagar to their repertoire of tunes about other women of the Torah. Rabins started writing music about biblical women as she worked toward her masters in Jewish women's studies. She formed Girls in Trouble as a creative way of dealing with her thesis. That's right, besides being an accomplished klezmer fiddler Rabins is also genuinely well versed in the Torah. She returns to the museum Sunday as a scholar to talk more about those ancient women and why they inspire her so. The stories are filled with sex and betrayal among complex characters – in other words, ones any modern person can relate to.
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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.'"