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
Of all the pizzas made in North Beach, perhaps none are made as fondly (or with as much flair) as those of pizza maestro Tony Gemignani, owner of Tony's Pizza Napoletana and recent top dog of the World Pizza Championships in Italy.
Being home to the Cardboard Institute of Technology and a chapter of the Cardboard Tube Fighting League, San Francisco is no stranger to the beauty and versatility of pre-cycled paper products, but Venezuelan-born Cristóbal Valecillos really takes cardboard to a whole new level. During his last exhibit, the photographer, who is best known for video work with pop stars like Justin Bieber, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears and Madonna, set out to “satirize” a wealthy American family by dressing up models in gorgeous paper clothes inside an elegant cardboard room. The result was more high fashion than high art, but there was no denying the talent behind the camera (or the loveliness of that bolero jacket made from recycled Starbucks coffee sleeves). The highlight was the actual cardboard room, complete with ornate paper rugs, a corrugated fireplace, and fiberboard taxidermy hanging on the walls. For his new show, “American Life,” Valecillos once again creates a full-scale cardboard abode, albeit more humble. An attractive multi-ethnic cast represents Valecillos’ real America: A petulant teen slouches near a mailbox in the hall under the watchful gaze of a cardboard security camera; two young girls try to repair their bike on the sidewalk. While still as posed as a perfume ad, these urban street scenes turn the cardboard into a provocative visual element, rather than the whole subject of the show.
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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.'"