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
You may measure your true 415 cred by the amount of times you've strolled into the diner that "never close[s]" (as the sign says), sidled up to the bar, ordered a drink, and received a shot of ouzo on the house — without blinking, looking sideways, or feeling the need to keep an open line to flee for the exit.
The buzz of the crowd. The anticipation in the air. The roar of … pens and pencils? Yes. It’s the scene at the Monster Drawing Rally, Southern Exposure’s wildly popular annual fundraiser that uses artists as the spectacle. Of course you want to support SoEx, with its innovative exhibitions, youth programs, and Alternative Exposure grants to emerging local arts organizations. And maybe a swanky art auction isn’t quite within your means. But tonight you can watch more than 120 artists create work before your eyes, and then try to snap up those one-of-a-kind pieces. It could be a dreamy watercolor by Michelle Blade or a drawing by Kelly Lynn Jones, the mastermind behind art-print site Little Paper Planes. Perhaps you’re in a heavy metal mood, in which case go straight to Ben Venom’s corner of the room. Even though the work is priced to sell sell sell, it can be just as exciting to observe the art taking shape as it is to buy. It’s a rare chance to lurk over artists’ shoulders and try to figure out how their minds work. To help fuel the creativity, the rally also offers a selection of food trucks and plenty of beer for all, and a DJ encourages active use of the dance floor. Drinking, drawing, dancing: together once again.
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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.'"