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
You might not think of skateboarders as early-adopter tech geeks, but in the late '90s they were among the first groups to liberate handheld cameras from the backyard barbecue. Soon, no session was complete and no handrail unequivocally nailed unless it was captured on tape. It's no surprise that more than a few of those kids ended up turning the camera onto things other than their fellow skateboarders (we're looking at you, Spike Jonze). Since 2001, the Underskatement Film Festival has brought us short pieces made by but not necessarily about skateboarders and skateboarding, and fans, according to the fest's MySpace page, "generally enjoy them very much." The goal of the fest is "to promote film as a medium that is influenced by skateboarding," which translates as: Anything goes. The films range from documentary, narrative, and animation to experimental and yes, of course there's some skating. Filmmakers include Buddy Nichols, Rick Charnoski, Jon Humphries, Laban Pheidias, Bryce Kanights, Pete Koff, Jimmie Armentrout, and Dan Wolfe. And stick around your ticket stub gets you into the after-party at Café du Nord, with music by Hightower and The Oh Sees.
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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.'"