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
So you went out last Saturday night and wore those new dark-wash, skinny leg jeans that you just bought despite the fact that it's the end of the month and you should be saving that money for your rent check.
For more than 10 years, Killing My Lobster has done good, often great, sketch comedy. Well be shocked if the troupes new show isnt one of the best: The theme is the arts scene. Were giggling already. Striped stockings, graffiti, cartoon art, slam poets, stencil art, gypsy music, amateur circus, burlesque, fire dancing, puppet theater we dont know if any of these genres appear in KML Patronizes the Arts, but in our private moments, they are very funny to us. The troupe has hundreds of liberal arts to swat around, however, and two lines from the press release portend deep laughs: an opera on aisle 7 and the Picasso of latte foam. Another line an insightful exploration of how indie bands get their names gives us pause, until we remember who is doing the popular joke KML members are pros at yanking audiences through the mundane into the absurd. Hows this for a finishing touch: Each performance, the troupe brings a different local artist or act onstage to perform in a skit and perhaps defend the way of the artist when doing so, including Axis Dance Company, Jelly Donut, Hot Pink Feathers, Felonius, Scott Wells and Dancers, The Freeze, and Classical Revolution.
Thursdays-Sundays. Starts: Aug. 27. Continues through Sept. 13, 2009
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.'"