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
When the planes crashed into the World Trade Center 10 years ago today, local artist Ben Wood had just started his first week of grad school at the S.F. Art Institute. That days events and their aftermath instilled in him a desire to use his art to make the world a better place, tapping into community histories and bringing people together in public spaces. Wood is known for projecting video on Coit Tower on recent Fourths of July, and on the anniversary of the American Indian occupation of Alcatraz. Earlier this year he received recognition for a striking 18th century mural he recreated in the Mission with Eric Blind; the original was painted by neophytes at Mission San Francisco de Asis in 1791. Now Wood returns to 9/11, contributing his art to the September 11th Anniversary Commemoration. Manresa Gallery commissioned a piece by Wood paying tribute to those lost in the attacks that plays on the outside of the church throughout the evening, while inside all are welcome to join a service headed by leaders from local Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities. Wood has also crafted a meditative light installation that invites quiet reflection. A low-key reception follows for anyone who would like to share their thoughts and experiences. Woods art serves as inspiration to seek connection and understanding in tragedy.
Sun., Sept. 11, 8 p.m., 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.'"