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
The Tenderloin was set to lose another irreplaceable when the Ha-Ra Club — a low-ceilinged dive of the slummiest reputation, long fallen into neglect, but nevertheless beloved for strong pours, idiosyncratic bartenders, and a long history — was taken over by the crew who run Ace's and Dobbs Ferry.
We went to Rome once. One thing that blew our minds was the public art. Theres so much of it that some has been reclaimed by the needs of everyday life. You see people taking lunch on whats left of an ancient fountain or a big sculpture that anywhere else would be surrounded by those little laser-beam things that trip an alarm. Today, pretend youre in Rome with The Peace Keeper, an installation in a new outdoor parklet gallery thats all about reclamation. The installation itself reclaims a parking spot, and the material includes reclaimed wood, metal, plastic, vinyl, and other leftover bits of life that would otherwise take up space in a bad way. And you, dear reader, can reclaim the installation for yourself. Beanbag chairs occupy the center of the little deck. On one side are elevated planter boxes containing a small tree and other greenery. On the other is a small outhouse-looking structure that disappears into a hill of multicolored scraps arranged like shingles. Atop this hill are more planter boxes that hold flowers. This is the work of Erik Otto, who has been an artist in residence at Recologys garbage transfer station and also worked on the citys Art in Storefronts program. Its the first of numerous installations that will inhabit the space for nine months to a year each; a neighborhood jury will consider submissions and choose who will next reclaim the spot in the name of art.
Oct. 3-Aug. 31, 2011
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.'"