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
San Francisco artist David Ireland, who passed away in May at age 78, proved to be one of the most challenging figures in a field already brimming with ornery ideas: conceptual art. He liked to upend viewers: What makes a piece successful for me is when a viewer is totally ill-equipped to understand why a piece of concrete that I find on the street should be significant, he told Oakland Museum of California curator Karen Tsujimoto in 2004, when the museum threw a 30-year, 80-piece survey of his work, which included drawings made of dirt and cement and an 18-foot-tall reading chair. That quote could go for his home as well: In 1975, he bought the looming, fortresslike Victorian at 500 Capp Street, just a rock's throw from Mission and 20th streets, and tore through the insides, filling it with art for 30 years. It needs paint it has always needed paint and it probably won't get it. That is, unless someone can sway the benefactor who bought it with the intention of honoring Ireland, thus saving it from becoming another Mission renovation with an open kitchen. Along with the minimalist house at 65 Capp he designed in 1979 (which went on to house the Capp Street Project artist residency program), the 500 Capp Victorian is one of the more intriguing windows into Ireland. Today, there's another: the SFMOMA Remembers David Ireland memorial service features speakers who were friends with the artist, including Tsujimoto, artist Tom Marioni, and Jock Reynolds, the Henry J. Heinz II director of the Yale University Art Gallery.
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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.'"