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
An inconspicuous doorway off Valencia Street leads to a treasure trove of zines and 10,000-plus hours of sound and video recordings from the 1960s to the 1990s, all charting the progressive history of the Bay and its effect on global radical movements.
Cara Barer documents how things evolve namely, the things that she helps evolve. Barer the sculptor takes objects in this case, books and turns them into art. Barer the photographer shoots the sculptures and turns them into more art. Her shots, part of the two-person exhibition "Cara Barer and Emilio Lobato," bear a certain resemblance to the works of Anselm Kiefer, who created great, heavy sculptures of books, pages, and files from lead. The names of some her pieces speak to what they now resemble: "Blue Eye," "Sea Nettle," "Cocoon." This micro-evolution points to the macro: Barer intends to raise questions about the changing way we get our information -- less from books, and more from computers and online networks. She says a "chance meeting" with a discarded phone book -- among the first victims of the Internet age -- was the primary inspiration for the project. Soon she found other books that were no longer of use, such as a Windows 95 manual. "After soaking it in the bathtub for a few hours, it had a new shape and purpose," she says. The organic images of Barer's work are complemented by the geometric forms of Lobato's. The paintings of Lobato, who comes from a family of weavers, mimic Hispanic and Native American textiles. The lines in his paintings are intended to represent the passage of time, a more figurative take on Barer's literal tracking of transformation.
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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.'"