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
Were always glad to hear that some people had a good time in their ballet classes when they were little girls. So glad. Because a lot of us are still pissed off that we spent so much time doing pliés, hanging around other bunheads, and, worst of all, idolizing anyone who could perform 32 consecutive fouettés and could therefore take the lead double role in Swan Lake. In an unfortunate coincidence, some of us also have very ballerina-sounding names with the word "swan" in them, leading otherwise reasonable decision-making adults to the conclusion that ballet dancing was our "destiny." To our rescue comes ArtFace Performance Group and guest choreographer Zari Le'on, who present their own version of Swan Lake. We happen to know that ArtFace's choreographer, Isabelle Sjahsam (which we so hope is pronounced "shazam") is RAD. That's right: Sjahsam is a ballet instructor certified by the scourge of laissez-faire dancers everywhere, the Royal Academy of Dance, aka the very last leg of British cultural imperialism. Do not trust her! She's one of "them." Le'on, on the other hand, is a regular nice person, whose athletic, modern dance style often takes cues from Rosie Perez's perfect-in-every-way solo to Public Enemy's "Fight the Power" during the opening credits of Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing. Obviously, these are the kind of influences you need to improve the world's most famous (hidebound, prissy, nonsensical, whiteness-worshipping) classical ballet, Swan Lake.
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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.'"