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
Raised in an artistic family, Christophe Come began making jewelry and bronze sculpture under the prestigious tutelage of French sculptor Louise Derbre. The young artist’s interest in the ornamental, however, quickly gave way to a fascination with the fundamental. He was particularly interested in furniture and household objects -- how a common thing could be elevated into an objet d’art, and how that might be exalted by its reflection of the greater world. Examples of his work are displayed in “Alchemies.” Drawn by the mutability of glass and iron, Come’s signature pieces have come to incorporate rust as well as light, invoking elegance and industry through emptiness and heft. A single lamp might weigh as much as 100 pounds, while a cabinet or a queen-size bed frame seems as fragile as seaglass. Come’s architectural clarity and masculine lines have stirred comparisons to Pierre Chareau, but the spirit is more in keeping with Frank Lloyd Wright. Airflow, light, and naturally occurring geometry anchor these pieces without any risk of eco-flaccidity. When Come uses color it is bold -- reds flow like lava, blues shine like agate; when he uses luminosity and reflection, it displays exquisite permeability.
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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.'"