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
Coffee loyalty runs deep in San Francisco, and if asked to come up with a choice between Sightglass, Four Barrel, Ritual, or Blue Bottle, we might hiss and run away, flaring our frilled neck like a frightened Aussie lizard.
It may be the tramp stamp in America, but in Japan the tattoo remains an underground art, long associated with the yakuza, or organized crime. Some modern tattoo artists are hoping to change that, while simultaneously keeping alive the time-honored approach of their craft. Traditional Japanese tattooing, or horimono, doesnt use an electric needle. Instead, its adherents hand-ink with needles attached to long, thin bamboo handles, which are thrust repetitively into the skin. Needless to say, the technique is difficult to master. One of the few Americans trained in it, Takahiro Kitamura, aka Horitaka, who apprenticed with master tattoo artist Horiyoshi III in Japan, gives a live demonstration tonight in Japanese Tattoo, part of the Matcha social series. Horitaka, who owns the State of Grace tattoo shop in San Jose, has written two books; he travels back to Japan as often as he can to study the crafts traditional subjects, which include landscapes depicted in woodcuts from the Edo, or Floating World, era, as well as mythical figures from folklore. On hand from Japan will be tattoo artists Shige, whose work won the 2007 Milano Tattoo Convention backpiece contest and the 2007 Taiwan International Tattoo Convention, and Mutsuo, whose tattoo-inspired graphic work has been featured in fashion lines Bathing Ape and Hysteric Glamour. There will be tea, cocktails, and beats from DJ Saiman.
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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.'"