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
Paul Festa takes a palpably hands-on approach to art a response, perhaps, to the hand injury that derailed his career as a concert violinist. For his epic new short film, The Glitter Emergency, in which the San Francisco multihyphenate plays a devilish violinist who helps Peggy the Peg-Leg Ballerina (played by Matthew Simmons, aka Peggy LEggs) become a dancing queen, Festa painted his instrument a glowing silver, then enhanced the effect with glitter and rhinestones. The 20-minute piece, the first film commissioned by ODC Theater, combines elements of silent film, screwball comedy, drag, and old-school ballet. This world premiere, featuring Festas live accompaniment of Tchaikovskys Violin Concerto, is both a benefit for the film and an appetite-whetter: The Glitter Emergency is an overture to ODCs production of Festas full-length theater piece, The Violin Show, in fall 2011. Tonights curtain-raiser is Apparition of the Eternal Church, Festas 2006 tour de force featuring Justin Bond, John Cameron Mitchell, and 29 other personalities reacting to Olivier Messiaens titular piece of organ music pumping through their headphones.
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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.'"