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
So you didn’t score tickets in Burning Man’s bizarre lottery system. You can either continue grieving, or you can dry your eyes with those furry boots and pencil a year’s worth of decompressions, alt-burns, and other such events in your calendar. Supreme Beings belongs on that list. This conceptual fashion show exhibits new collections from local designers IIMUAHII and Iliano, as well as a dance performance in the grimace-faced, slow-motion Japanese style known as Butoh, set to electronic music by SpacEKrafT. Although IIMUAHII bills itself as a sportswear line, its powerful silhouettes and mysterious textures are a far cry from the Calvin Klein standard of American sportswear, treading instead in avant-garde territory. Imagine the music video Lady Gaga would do if she covered Olivia Newton John’s workout hit “Physical,” and you’ll be somewhat prepared for IIMUAHII. Iliano is the couture descendant of Ilianowear, a local company that specialized in outfitting Burners before its closure in 2009. The present iteration focuses on costuming performers like the evening’s Butoh dancers Ronnie Baker and Luku-san in sculptural, industrial suits. The stark new collection ditches Iliano’s LSD-inspired color palette in favor of solid black, embellished with spikes. The bar donates a portion of its proceeds to Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, a nonprofit group dedicated to pairing elderly dogs with households ideal for them to spend their golden years.
Thu., March 1, 7 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.'"