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 day drinkers just could not stop pissing along the train tracks at Dolores Park, where every weekend tons of revelers gather to partake in booze and other inebriants, the city came up with a great idea to make public urination acceptable: install an outdoor urinal.
All the world might be a stage, but it's the temporary proscenium on the fourth floor of SFMOMA that you want to watch right now. On the occasion of its current "Stage Presence" exhibition, the museum has transformed a gallery that is customarily devoted to media arts into a live performance space. Local artist Tucker Nichols provides both the suitably dramatic wallpaper inside and the painted signboard outside that announces who's up next in the impressive roster of artists/performers. So far audiences have gasped as Shana Moulton dumped birdseed over her head after coating her face with peanut butter. They've thrilled to Margaret Tedesco's live narration of a '60s horror film only she could see, and there was many a double-take as Anne McGuire sang along with a sassy video doppelganger of herself. The next installment of awesome is presented courtesy of Los Angeles co-ed trio My Barbarian as they leap onto the stage with Broke People's Baroque Peoples' Theater, a cheeky take on our country's ongoing financial woes in general and the plight of the arts in particular. Don't worry, this isn't dry economic theory. My Barbarian present their points in a campy song-cycle rather than in a pie chart, looking to movements of the past to gently poke fun at the present. Also count on multiple costume changes and a smidgen of audience participation. It's a chance to see performance art at its most theatrical.
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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.'"