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
We think like a photojournalist (natch): Shoot absolutely everything interesting, from every angle and setting, and from the bigger set you’re sure to get a handful of good shots and one that just nails it, the image that wows people and could speak for the whole shoot. Now imagine this on a grand scale — say, 500 photographers from around the world submitting work to a group of professionals. From those, the top 50 photographers are chosen, and from each a single representative image. Say hello to “Contents: Love, Anxiety, Happiness, and Everything Else.” Among the shots is Sarah Hobbs’ Untitled (perfectionist), which speaks to anyone who’s ever experienced a creative block. A small wooden desk and chair sit in a day-lit room with a hardwood floor and sea-foam green walls. Engulfing the desk — which contains a tall stack of paper and abandoned pen — is a sea of what looks like giant popcorn but is crumpled paper, scaling the walls and obscuring half the window. In stark contrast is Colette Campbell-Jones’ “Left” In, an eerie, high-contrast black-and-white shot that feels like the opening of an Edgar Allan Poe story. A streetlight silently screams in a nighttime setting that includes smokestacks, a barren tree, a shiny wet road, and six people huddled in a covered bus stop. Adding to the bizarre atmosphere, a person approaches, pushing a stroller. Other subjects in the show include explosions, freckled people, prostitutes and children in Brazil, and a senior prom at a school for the blind. The exhibit comes from a program called Critical Mass put on by the nonprofit group Photolucida. Other stops for the exhibit include Seattle and Portland, Ore.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 6 p.m. Starts: May 10. Continues through June 15, 2012
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.'"