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
Once famous throughout the league as a haven for misfits and rejects looking to resurrect their careers, the Raiders have for the last decade or more made an art from out of epically wrong personnel decisions.
Your art blog, as your critical peers call it, is staggeringly thoughtful. Your sophistication is years in the making, your artistic sensitivity frighteningly heightened and your networking savvy well, youve got a cousin with an editor friend, or something. Screw the convention machine, its all about the art, right? Maybe not. The Art Publishing Now clustersummit raises its flag this weekend; rally round it and learn the ever-evolving lingua franca of all things art publishing. The Saturday summit educates and unites contributors to (deep breath): periodicals, blogs, essays, books, podcasts, open source databases, arts editions, and newer hybrid forms, which were guessing are some kind of paper computers. Heads from across the media and art worlds smorgasboard including folks from SFMOMA, McSweeneys, NPR, Chronicle Books, and their ilk are on-podium offering insight into this dense but as yet un-summitted topic in San Francisco, according to gallery director Courtney Fink. And in writerly form, they wash all that information down with a cocktail or two at an after party (6 p.m. Saturday). Sundays Art Publishing Fair gives all involved an opportunity to Vanna White their wares and for the public to check out area publishing leaders such as artpractical.com and happenstand.com, and what theyre doing beyond their niche. But democracy in the art world is now, and anybody with a blog and a few novel thoughts seems to have a voice as loud as the next periodical.
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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.'"