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
For decades, Alonzo King's LINES Ballet has disrobed ballet of its grandiosity and hoity-toity ramifications. The troupe of athletic, graceful dancers forego dainty pointe work and neoclassical pomp to deliver a movement lexicon rooted in beautiful allegories that defy time or place. King, who has worked with a passel of world musicians (including an African pygmy tribe), resuscitates his collaboration with seven monks from Freemont's Shaolin Temple in Long River, High Sky. Shaolin monks, whose history goes back to the sixth century BCE, draw from Taoist concepts of meditation and self-scrutiny, along with kung fu, and the connection to King's precise dancers is palpable. Ballet and martial arts are both invested in "moving energy" and finding alignment despite the limitations of our physical forms. Highly kinetic kung fu moves like the "dragon" or "tiger" are paired with the ballet dancers' sinuous steps; sometimes, the monks and dancers even try on one another's shoes, proving that whether you're a warrior or a prima ballerina, movement is a vernacular that transcends categories. The synthesis of Eastern and Western forms is also reflected in the music, with Miguel Frasconi's industrial electro-discordance juxtaposed with the dulcet sounds of Hong Kong-based ensemble Melody of China.
May 30-June 1, 8 p.m., 2008
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.'"