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
In tough times, artists might find themselves digging through the trash for supplies. The participants in Recology's Artist in Residence program, however, do so quite purposefully. Every four months Recology grants a new trio of creatives free access to 47 acres of other peoples' trash and then lets them go nuts with whatever they find in there. The current crop have their work on display in the Recology Artist in Residence Exhibitions, and if you don't yet have "art at the dump" crossed off your San Francisco bucket list, now's your chance. Amy Wilson Faville has expanded on her previous work in which she painted the informal dumping sites that pop up where she lives in Oakland by creating a series of collages made from the very materials they depict. "Mattress Canyon" includes patterns cut from the mattresses themselves and gives some sense of grandeur to the objects as they sit waiting to be recycled. Fellow Artist in Residence Tamara Albaitis works with sound, so for part of her installation "Dwell" she has turned a huge number of discarded speaker cones and piles of wire into a very physical sonic experience. Meanwhile California College of the Arts grad student Calder Yates displays videos and sculptures he created using everyday objects found at the dump, and the resulting pieces are simultaneously humorous and ominous. It will all make you think twice about what you throw away.
Sept. 21-22, 2012
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.'"