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
Performance artist (and MacArthur genius grant winner) Guillermo Gomez-Peña often emphasizes what he calls the meaningful tableau. He asks his students to look at something a mural, a stage, another person and to place themselves in relation to it in a meaningful way. When it works, it works: Suddenly both environment and actor are illuminated by ideas the viewer would never have noticed. Thats why hes a genius. Tonight at Spirit of Place, veteran dancer Anna Halprin and Dancers Group present a piece in the graceful forest spot designed by her husband, landscape architect Lawrence Halprin. This is the ideal setup for a meaningful tableau: a collaboration that represents intimacy made fully public, anchored by two people who really know how to amaze and delight the public eye. Anna Halprin is famous for beautiful, odd, political works, like the 1968 piece called Blank Placard Happening, which is often re-created (and looks exactly the way youd think it does). Shes known for her close work with composers, poets, and the public, who are sometimes invited to wander through her dances; she likes to break the fourth wall, a lot. The choreographer has no problem with large-scale productions, having performed at many international gatherings (the State of the World Forum in 1995, for example), so the park venue is a perfect fit.
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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.'"