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
Dr. Ekman knows you're lying, so don't even try it. The top-shelf psychologist is a pioneer in documenting facial expressions, and he's a friend of the Dalai Lama, a go-to guy for the FBI and the CIA, and a consultant for Pixar. He earned his keep forty years ago when he set out to prove that expressions were universal (first proposed by Charles Darwin) and not learned culturally or through imitation (as suggested by Margaret Mead). He found his answer in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, where there lived a group of natives, the South Fore, who were untouched by other cultures and the media. Lo and behold, they held the same core expressions for key emotions as your local plumber. Ekman then went on to show how "microexpressions," the brief snapshots of concealed emotions that last for less than a quarter of a second, can be used to detect lying, making him a person of interest to our nation's spooks, including the Department of Homeland Security. An exhibition of the photos from Papua New Guinea, "The Search for Universals in Human Emotion," celebrates the fortieth anniversary of his pioneering work. It runs in conjunction with the Exploratorium's Mind Lecture Series, which presents "Art, Emotion and the Brain" (a panel discussion featuring a neuroscientist, a war photographer, a film composer, and a theater director) tomorrow at 2 p.m.
Feb. 1-May 11, 2008
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.'"