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
We will dispense with the double entendres: Carol Doda, who we lost in November, was a San Francisco hero who will be rightly celebrated and remembered as long as the town she helped create still stands, the torch held aloft along Broadway and kept alight in neon.
The immortal moment came decades ago: a long-suffering fan already, at 8 years old, slumped against a rail at the ballpark for what could be the last time, defeated on the field and off of it, where the Giants were planning to possibly decamp from Candlestick Park to Florida.
Videos created by Levni Yilmaz, a local cartoonist, have received 12 million views on YouTube. Did he get hit in the balls while cartooning? Drink Diet Coke and eat Mentos while cartooning? No, its nothing like that. He just films himself drawing from the other side of the paper, a simple, exquisite form of animation that Picasso and director Henri-George Clouzot pioneered in 1956 for The Mysteries of Picasso. Only the ink is visible on the screen, appearing through the sheet, blooming into art. Actually, Yilmaz is both a filmmaker and a cartoonist, since his series of videos, Tales of Mere Existence, also features narration, careful editing, and storylines with a little or a lot of sadness, depending on your worldview. His main character, presumably based on himself, due to the hair, wanders limply through his young, aimless life, pining for love, scared of everything, trying to find happiness, hoping for a good stretch of sleep or a girl who will spend a little time or the rest of her life with him. Its a bleak, existential outlook, glowing with the mundane youve been there. Everybodys been there, hence the 12 million views. Along the way Yilmaz has released his work in book form a couple of times, but never published by Random House. Sunny Side Down, released this month, features typical Tales storylines: Theres one about his mother calling him on the phone, that's it, and another with the title, What I Thought My Life Would Be Like When I Used to Look at My Dads Old Playboy Magazines.
Thu., July 16, 8 p.m., 2009
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.'"