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
Thirty-five years ago, a CIA-backed military junta led by General Augusto Pinochet violently overthrew Chilean president Salvador Allende's democratically elected socialist government, and killed, tortured, and disappeared tens of thousands of his supporters and suspected sympathizers. Following the coup, an estimated one million Chileans went into exile, including the hundreds who moved to the Bay Area. "We Remember the Sun: 9/11/1973," is a rooftop ritual commemorating this grim anniversary of a date now forever synonymous with -- yet overshadowed by -- the 9/11 toppling of the World Trade Center towers. It pays tribute to those who lived through the bloody dictatorship, and the loved ones they lost. S.F.-Colombian multidisciplinary artist Praba Pilar and UC Davis Professor L.M. Bogad's performance celebrates the spirit of hope and rebellion that shone worldwide during those tumultuous times: the triumphs and failures; moments of solidarity and instances of betrayal; reaction and repression. Will they be able to prevent this sun from setting? The performance is part of "We Remember the Sun," a sprawling group exhibit of art dedicated to the spirit of social justice.
Sept. 11-13, 7 p.m., 2008
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.'"