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
From the deconstructed superheroes of Aaron Noble to the politic salvos of Balmy Alley, the artistic legacy of the Mission District is rich enough to draw comparisons to both New Yorks East Village and Paris Left Bank. Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo, a newly published and staggeringly beautiful monograph, is the ultimate testimony. In recognition, the series Friday Nights at the de Young presents Street Art San Francisco: Mission Muralismo is devoting a full year to exploring the colorful crannies and painted parapets of the neighborhood it might be the most elaborate book-signing ever launched by a San Francisco museum, but Mission Muralismo might be the most important book ever compiled on San Francisco art. Amid 900 vivid images including the large-scale public art of Rigo and TWIST, the taqueria landscapes of Cordova and Ernesto Cruisin Coyote Paul, and the loose-limbed, limpid-eyed doe-a-taurs of Hera are dozens of poems and essays by guerrilla artists who relay the personal history of their neighborhood. Even for a native, these tales of Clarion Alley, police crackdowns on the pachuco parades, and the aggressive takeover of the Galería de la Raza billboard provide precious context for gorgeous work. Tonight, poets and performers raise the roof with Dr. Locos Rockin Jalapeño Band among thousands of archival projections. Future events are devoted to topics such as style wars, the comedic turns of R. Crumb and Andrew Schoultz, and billboard reappropriation.
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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.'"