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 Dance Films Association has been around since the mid-’50s, but most of us didn’t even know a “dance film” genre existed until Wim Wenders won an Oscar nomination for Pina. Detour Dance’s first movie, an eight-minute short titled Drift, easily took first place among 30 non-dance-related entries at the Barbary Coast Film Festival; the humor, talent, and easy chemistry of its dancers are irresistible. As they hitchhike through the countryside, they inch along the blacktop like worms, hurl themselves at white picket fences, and pause to watch a chicken cross the road. This is a titillating glimpse at what this company does best: transforming the everyday into the exceptional. In their latest movie, Pedestrian Crossing, sleeping on a park bench, riding Muni, and waiting at a crosswalk become “catalysts for choreography.” Pedestrian Crossing premiers tonight, during “Along the Way,” a collaborative evening between Detour Dance and the Caitlin Elliott Dance Collective. The latter, noted for its Bausch-like embrace of eccentric characters, snippets of song, and speech, presents a jocular catfight between ladies who lunch called Fancy, and Detour Dance draws psychosexual dynamics out of a teapot and a chair in Imitations of Intimacy.
Aug. 24-26, 8 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.'"