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 fulcrum of Mal Sharpe’s charming documentary The Old Spaghetti Factory is a mural created by Kaffe Fassett in 1963. It depicts the regulars who turned that North Beach hangout into a nexus of Bohemia. As expected, many of the beatniks portrayed were poets and writers. For most of us, the proliferation of flamenco artists was something of a revelation. But not for Yaelisa. The Emmy-winning choreographer and artistic director of Caminos Flamenco practically grew up in the Spaghetti Factory’s Cuevas Room. For a quarter of a century, this small but infamous cafe was home base for one of the most active flamenco scenes outside of Spain — partly because of an early artistic freeway between the Cuevas Room and Morón, a small town in Spain where many local artists studied pueblo style. Even then, our performers were known as much for their daring as their reverence. Yaelisa’s mother was part of the Cuevas Room’s Los Flamencos de la Bodega, the Bay’s longest running flamenco show and an inspirational proving ground for generations of artists. As founder of the New World Flamenco Festival, Yaelisa has more than carried the torch forward. Tonight, she looks back in Homenaje a Los Flamencos de la Bodega. Through narrative text, projections, and flamenco scenes re-created by some of the artists who originally presented them on the Cuevas’ stage, the show offers a personal exploration and a rich cultural account.
Sat., May 5, 7 p.m., 2012
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.'"