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.
Art and sports do not make likely bedfellows. We suppose that Giants fan who put a metal barrier through the windshield of a MUNI bus during the World Series "celebrations" could have just been enacting a piece of performance art. Artist Dustin Kelly, himself a lifelong football fan, knows that thanks to such displays by players and fans alike the art world as a whole turns up its collective nose at any mention of professional sports. All the more reason then to do an entire show that uses sports to comment on the art world and call it "A Fan's Notes." Kelly is particularly interested in the plight of contemporary abstract artists who must grapple with the legacy of the enshrined greats (Pollock, Rothko, etc.) who have entire rooms at museums set aside for their work. For Kelly the pre-game ritual of football players bursting through a paper wall cleverly becomes a form of action sculpture, and in other works he also draws parallels between game strategy and painting techniques, the football field and the artist's canvas. Don't miss John Seabury's concurrent exhibition either, "The Devil Has Work for Idle Hands," featuring an impressive array of drawings and original flyer art for the anarchic '70s band Psychotic Pineapple. Come to think of it, the scene during a Psychotic Pineapple show at legendary local punk venue Mabuhay Gardens probably looked a lot like performance art too.
Sat., Nov. 17, 6 p.m.; Wednesdays-Fridays, 10:30 a.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m. Starts: Nov. 17. Continues through Jan. 5, 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.'"