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
With Nadya Suleman stealing the thunder of all multiple births shy of the magic number eight, a person can reasonably wish for a simpler time in which twins were carnival attractions and a great reason for wearing matching outfits. Artists and twins Kent and Kevin Young take myths, truths, and metaphors around being twins and put them in playful social context. In 2002, the exhibit A Monozygotic Experiment Using Telepathic Conveyance saw them solving a crossword puzzle while sitting on opposite sides of a partition, one sending the other telepathic clues. Dressed in suits and sitting in an environment reminiscent of the most anonymous corporate office, with a wall clock and giant crossword on the wall, the setting was delightfully drab for the nearly occult undertaking, and highlighted shared consciousness as a social element rather than a family tie. Their new show, Jury Breaks DNA Deadlock, features collages of media images with twin or repetitive images: weight-loss before-and-after shots, pics of celebrities and impersonators, images of identity theft, and more. At the opening reception tonight, the gallery invites twins to play Milton Bradleys 1960sera game, Kreskins ESP, with the artists. Beats the pants off watching Sulemans uninspired public duplicity.
March 27-May 2, 2009
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.'"