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 sinews of old San Francisco lie in the water: the posts standing in the Bay mud that supported the docks and piers where the shipping that made the city possible, and later allowed it to flourish, flowed.
Sources increasingly credit Paper Rad a name loosely associated with art output ranging from DVDs to cottage-sized gallery installations (including one currently on display at Yerba Buena Center), to a Super Mario Brothers movie made from a hacked Nintendo cartridge as a pioneer in the new low-tech art genre. While the value of such a term is debatable, it goes a fair distance in locating the fundamental nature of an imprint centering on the video medium. Paper Rad employs, among other elements, 90s Lego commercials; crude cartoons or computer graphics; and whirling, rotating multicolor grids and patterns; all of which combine to hallucinatory effect.
The Pittsburg, Penn./Northampton, Mass., creative collective features at its core Jessica Ciocci, Jacob Ciocci, and Ben Jones, a team that paired up for Trash Talking, a Load Records DVD thats another practice in confusion, non sequitur, and pop-culture references picked from the past 30 years. Gumby, Alf, Garfield, and the like make regular appearances amid intentionally naïve caricatures of other familiar cultural icons and what-have-you, all flying around a screen where bright, flashing background objects threaten to induce seizures. Much of Trash is scored by elementary booty rap beats and bargain-priced electro jams, aside from a six-minute section featuring a track from the Wizardzzs Hidden City of Taurmond. Moments of hilarity exist throughout this otherwise pleasantly baffling visual excursion, especially the relatively coherent Guide to CD-ROMs, in which a smiley-face-endowed cloud attempts to instruct users on how to use a CD-ROM menu. Trash wouldnt seem out of place on late-night Cartoon Network, but it would probably confuse your parents. Intoxicants suggested but not required for usage.
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.'"