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
If you're like us, and you appreciate the slap-happy singles style of Tony Gwynn to the deep-ball threat of Barry Bonds, then the shuffleboard table at Fly Bar on Larkin and Sutter is definitely your speed.
The spirited founder of the Smuin Ballet may have passed away in 2007, but the influence of Michael Smuins fierce movements live on this time to the contralto crooning of Patsy Cline. The choreography in the main work, World Premiere, part of the companys Fall/Winter Program, is the most Smuin-esque to date from Amy Seiwert, whose years with Smuin as mentor have shaped her into a riveting force during the companys healing years. In the past the company has performed to great acclaim ballet works to popular music as disparate as the Shins and Frank Sinatra, so tonight a trip through the discography of the late Grand Ole Opry star is in good hands (and feet). The program includes a commemoration of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11; Smuins own Stabat Mater mourns, in heart-wrenching duets, the losses of that day set to the religious cantata of the same name by Antonín Dvorák written in the wake of his daughters death. The choreography that premiered in 2002 has the same effect today as immediately after the attacks. A Rodin-based pas de deux, The Eternal Idol, and a boudoir brouhaha, Tango Palace both resurrected Smuin works round out the program.
Sept. 30-Oct. 1, 8 p.m., 2011
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.'"