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 hottest current thing in the world of tapioca drinks, a.k.a. boba tea (or, as Hillary Clinton recently called them when she tried one in New York, "chewy tea") isn't a crazy new flavor or new way to marinate the root starch balls — it's cotton candy!
In the post-Warhol world, artists are defined by their image and celebrity far more than by talent or originality. So how to relate to an iconoclastic San Francisco group such as the Residents, which has steadfastly concealed the identities of its core members across 35 years? Dang, people, I guess we'll just have to focus on their pioneering sound and video work, which ranges from some of the earliest examples of music sampling (even pre-dating their '70s album era) to their theatrical performances of the '80s and the multimedia experiments of the '90s. Now, according to the band's Web site, they've embarked on the "storyteller era." Dunno what that means, but the timing seems ideal for a headlong dive into the group's influential oeuvre. "Reich 'N' Roll Revisited: A Residents' Retrospective" spreads their vast audio-visual trove across three nights, beginning with music videos of the '70s and '80s, continuing with works produced since the dawn of the new millennium, and climaxing with live performance footage from a bevy of bodacious tours including "The Mole Show" (with Penn Jillette), "Freak Show," "Demons Dance Alone" and "The Way We Were." Still wondering who these guys (and gals) are? Resident geniuses.
Dec. 6-8, 7:30 p.m., 2007
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.'"