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
Nob Hill Theatre, the all-genders-welcome male strip club, is holding it down on Bush Street, and after several decades of D, it's still S.F.'s only place to see full-frontal guys up close, seven nights a week (for $20).
Because he could, the artist Olafur Eliasson took a hydrogen-powered BMW race car, removed the shell, draped it with mesh and steel panels, dragged it into a giant freezer at SFMOMA, and sprayed it with 260 gallons of water, much of which froze in a shimmering lattice shell. Viewing his piece Your mobile expectations: BMW H2R project is just as exciting. First, you get in a line (there was a lot of line-up art this year at the museum, don't you think?). There are blankets on the wall, so of course everybody bundles up like you think they might die. After a brief lecture (the representative says you may stay in as long you like, and by God we d-d-did), you're ushered into the freezer to circle the piece like you're shopping for a car on a glacier. It's part superhero ice vehicle, part giant frozen beetle exoskeleton. Although the ice is drawn about the car in brilliant patterns, the car itself is nearly hidden. You can see some tanks and a gear shift, and if you get down on your knees in front you can see the wheels -- we suggest you do. They only let a handful of people in at a time, but since groups tend toward herd mentality, everybody leaves at once, and you can get a few moments of silent auto-Arctic wonderment before the next group arrives -- or you turn blue.
Dec. 14-Jan. 13, 2007
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.'"