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 sinews of old San Francisco lie in the water: the posts standing in the Bay mud that supported the docks and piers where the shipping that made the city possible, and later allowed it to flourish, flowed.
The S.F. Fine Art Fair aims to bolster the citys status as a major player in the art world with an eye-popping international exhibition of modern and contemporary works across media including paintings, photography, and electronic sculpture. More than 500 artists, both established and up-and-coming, are represented by 75 prominent galleries, including a number of Bay Area leaders like the Braunstein/Quay, whose founder, Ruth Braunstein, will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The three-day event (plus a May 20 preview party fundraiser for the S.F. Art Institute) should appeal to art enthusiasts of varied persuasions, be they Parisian collectors or Mission scenesters. Some names on the walls will be familiar Andrew Wyeth (whose contribution claims the gigs loftiest price tag of $15 million) and Venice Projects (stars of last years Venice Biennale) others less so. That is, until showtime. Installation artist Chico MacMurtrie plans to dazzle with a pair of enormous robots, which inflate into unusual geometric shapes and allegedly even breathe (Battlestar fans, beware). Theres also an update on the Mortal Kombat videogame, propelled into the 21st century by the power of Dance Dance Revolution.
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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.'"