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
Tonight boasts a triple header of amazing, free art shows. The first is the Annual Holiday Art Sale at Creativity Explored, where all original artwork is 30 percent off to celebrate the organization's 30th anniversary. The studio is filled with prints, paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculptures, and textiles by over 130 artists with developmental disabilities, and like all of its exhibitions, half of the proceeds from each sale go directly to the artist. The second is "United in Hope," a mask and art exhibit by clients, staff, and community members of Clínica Esperanza, the HIV Services Clinic of the Mission Neighborhood Health Center, in commemoration of World AIDS Day. For two months prior to the event, MNHC invited people affected by HIV to participate in crafting masks that express their experience and their hopes for health and well-being for the future. Individual masks from the workshops and other art are displayed and accompanied by the artist's personal memoirs, and all funds raised go to support the mission of MNHC/Clínica Esperanza. The third is "SCRAP Art," the fourth creative reuse exhibition by local environmentally conscious art organization SCRAP, featuring Bay Area artists who use materials found at SCRAP. SCRAP has been diverting waste from landfills for use as art supplies for over 35 years, helping to reduce them by over 250 tons per year. The event includes a fashion show by artist Tuan Tran.
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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.'"