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
A year and a half ago, former proud prostitute and porn star Annie Sprinkle teamed up with her partner, UC Santa Cruz professor Elizabeth Stephens, and committed to doing art projects about love for seven consecutive years and thus the Love Art Laboratory was formed. The centerpiece of Phase One of this experiment is a huge, soft bed (which gets plenty of use) surrounded by colorful lab equipment, test tubes, feather boas, and supporting performance artists in lab coats. Sprinkle and Stephens have an informal and infectious chemistry as they share and reenact stories from their relationship and what stories they are! After snapping Polaroids of willing audience members' naked breasts ("It's art, not porn"), they dive under the covers with a night-vision video camera and project live footage of their wild lovemaking. The desire to candidly document their adventurous lives and make every moment (even the painful ones) into art is what bonds these two and provides the substance of the show. Whether they're throwing a dance contest to choose a sperm donor, staging live four-hour kiss exhibits in museums, or making collages out of breast cancer radiation X-rays, the pair doesn't shy away from getting personal. While the show is shocking, the obvious and gregarious love these two share imbues the evening with a generous amount of sweetness and hope.
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.'"