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 Holy Grail for mainstream American film directors even before the monomaniacal pursuit of jaw-dropping verisimilitude in CGI-driven blockbusters has long been note-perfect realism. The immortal Jean Renoir, however, observed that the technological advances that allow the world to be depicted more accurately onscreen pose significant hurdles for genuine artists. (He was talking about the widespread adoption of color in the 1950s, incidentally.) This goes some way toward explaining the continuing appeal of the low-res Fisher-Price PXL 2000 toy camera, which records form and sensation but not photorealistic detail. This is a tool for evoking, not documenting, hence its ongoing attraction to a particular strain of mood-generating filmmakers. PXL THIS 18, the annual touring show of shorts from around the globe, collects the latest labor-intensive forays into subjective realities and dream states for our dazed and amazed pleasure. In The Trimorphic Hypotheses, to cite one particularly impressive work in the program, Struan Ashby and Roy Parkhurst of New Zealand bring extraordinary chops and sophistication to the split-screen, Craig Baldwinish tale of a scientist scouring an apocalypse-ravaged Earth. If movies offer an escape from everyday life, Pixelvision is the Houdini of the film world.
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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.'"