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
Coffee loyalty runs deep in San Francisco, and if asked to come up with a choice between Sightglass, Four Barrel, Ritual, or Blue Bottle, we might hiss and run away, flaring our frilled neck like a frightened Aussie lizard.
Like much of South America, Argentina is home to two conflicting cultures: that of its various indigenous populations and that of the white Europeans who colonized it. In Malambo, Luis Bravo (who also created Forever Tango) brings together the artistry of these two equally vibrant traditions through an evening of dance. The performance includes examples of malambo -- an indigenous dance that feels like a cross between tap and step -- and tango, the sexy, coupled stride first practiced by European immigrants in the brothels of Buenos Aires (later picked up by the ballrooms of Paris). Accompanied by a live orchestra, the dances in Malambo are primarily male in theme, representing situations that range from a macho cowboy fight to a heated debate over ownership of a woman to a fantastical two women/one man ménage à trois. The second half of the two-hour evening is the stronger, opening with "Vampitango," a delicate yet athletic duet performed beautifully by Claudio Gonzalez and Valentina Villarroel. Another striking piece is "Su Su," shadow-danced by Fabio Narvaez and Lorena Yacono behind screens that silhouette their exquisite form. Although the event is billed as "dance/theater," there's neither dialogue nor any apparent narrative. The pieces are more akin to the rhythm-based scenes in Stomp than to the story-based segments of Contact. For that reason, Malambo would probably work better if it were at least half an hour shorter (as Stomp is). Still, the dancers perform with technical excellence, and the dances are nothing if not passionate.
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.'"