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
Bicycling has its share of classic films, but its a small share A Sunday in Hell, Road to Roubaix, and Breaking Away if youre into Dennis Quaid's short-shorts. The Bicycle Film Festival always tips its protective headgear to these, but its the very short, very indie films that the fest nourishes, the ones about Frankenbikes and jousting bikes, the unknown BMX wizards from far-flung locales, and the crazy-illegal alley-cat races in which handlebars double as cinematographers, capturing the blur of the city and the shock of pedestrians. The festival has dozens of these diamonds, pulled by founder Brendt Barbur from around the globe. As for the quality longer films, this year we get The Third Wheel, a doc about the pedicab industry; Keirin Queen, a delicate 1956 Japanese feature about a woman track racer; and Where Are You Go, an on-the-road doc about the worlds longest race, the Tour d' Afrique. Of course you can always skip the films and go for the other action, like the Blonde Redhead shows, the Sunday Block Party and BMX Competition, and the art exhibit JoyRide, which has artists like Mike Giant and Kenny Scharf giving their takes on the constantly evolving culture.
July 14-18, 7 p.m., 2009
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.'"