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
Coffee loyalty runs deep in San Francisco, and if asked to come up with a choice between Sightglass, Four Barrel, Ritual, or Blue Bottle, we might hiss and run away, flaring our frilled neck like a frightened Aussie lizard.
One thing President Barack Obamas lauded transparency will never clear up is our black empire, the classified assemblage of secret sites, operations, and agencies that gobbles up billions of taxpayer dollars every year but doesnt exist, at least to civilians like us. No matter: for that we have artist and geographer Trevor Paglen. Using limit-telephotography and a 7000mm lens, hell climb a mountain and snap a picture of a clandestine Nevada military base 30 miles away. Then hell turn to the sky, ferreting out secret American satellites like Galileo charting Jupiters moons. In his book Blank Spots on the Map: The Dark Geography of the Pentagon's Secret World, Paglen chronicles his adventures, which go from the hi-tech (splendid lenses) to the gumshoe (strolling up to a secret C.I.A. prison and ringing the bell). His efforts are so determined and reporter-y, you might forget that he first made his mark as an artist. Although he reads from Blank Spots today, this month his work appears at 2008 SECA Art Award exhibit at the SFMOMA (opening Feb. 12) and at Altman Siegel Gallery (opening Feb. 27).
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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.'"