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
Bruce McClure isn't a filmmaker so much as a conjurer and a catalyst. Every McClure show or "projector performance" is a hands-on creation devised and revised for a unique crowd and not a rote screening of obsessively crafted celluloid. The New Yorker, who trained as an architect before gravitating to the comparatively uncrowded field of "improvisational lightworks" (a highbrow term we just coined, and which McClure would reject), sets up a row of customized projectors through which he funnels and filters light and the occasional loop of spliced, stressed film. His aim is to induce a state of disorientation, through mechanically generated visual effects, that approaches vertigo. The modified metal projectors generate a trippy soundtrack, and the artist himself typically makes his voice heard in the room hopefully he'll do so tonight at "Walls of Sound: Projector Performances by Bruce McClure." "I usually have things to say that don't necessarily have anything to do with the film," McClure told The Brooklyn Rail last year. "I'm creating a haze, you could say, to replace that cigarette haze that was once a part of theaters." You have to like a guy who's so firmly anchored in the tactile, predigital world. At the same time, McClure is anything but a Luddite or a primitive. As his inclusion in the Whitney Biennial confirmed, he's a one-of-a-kind artist.
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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.'"