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
The shy guy in the hall hands me photos from his L.A. performance at Starbucks, introduces me to his dad (who's doing lights), and then jumps onstage at the Exit Theater's small cafe like a preacher on a pulpit, preening like a Southern diva and letting us know what's on his mind. This is Moky's Life 101, and the audience of four is instructed: "Listen to learn. The truth will be painful. I am here to help you." Moky (pronounced like "hockey") Huynh dropped out of USC wanting to inspire a "Malcolm X kind of change" in the world, and has transformed himself into a self-help jackhammer, pounding out motivational (if trite) aphorisms to audiences he addresses as "folks," "people," and "boys and girls." Some examples: "It's all or nothing." "Don't exist in your inertia of fear and insecurity." "Life won't turn out like you expect; it will turn out better." Alternating between hope and intolerant anger, he machine-guns articulate rants about education (good), financial security (bad), corporate America (a way to pay your rent while chasing your dream), gays and lesbians (good, "but please no lewd behavior"), adoption (he's doing it), and organized religion (search for God yourself). Moky's got a lot to say, and is at times inspiring, abrasive, and, as when he performs a spot-on Michael Jackson dance to a Tupac Shakur song, one of a kind.
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.'"