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
Colin Tilley's video for Kendrick Lamar's "Alright"
Kendrick Lamar is from Compton, but Colin Tilley, the director of the music video for Lamar's song "Alright" — which was nominated for four MTV Video Music Awards and was performed by the artist at the 2016 Grammy Awards — is Berkeley-born and -raised.
Its been a little over a month since an 8.9 earthquake and the resulting tsunami devastated huge swaths of Japan. As residents of a similarly earthquake-prone region, we San Franciscans identify closely with the tragedy, and the outpouring of support from the Bay Area has been inspiring to say the least. Recognizing that Japans recovery work is far from done, the local art community is coming together for the one-weekend-only exhibition Bay Area Artists for Japan. A Mission District gallery is contributing the space for the show, and the list of 80-plus artists donating work to the benefit includes many exciting names like Richard Misrach, Nina Zurier, and Suzanne Husky. This is your chance to take home one of Youngsuk Suhs luminous photographs or an intricately sewn piece by Lauren Dicioccio and know that your purchase is doing a world of good. Every last cent of the art sold from the show goes straight to the Japanese Red Cross Society, which handed out emergency supplies right after the disaster and is continuing to build housing for those displaced by the tsunami. Celebrate the amazing spirit of the Japanese people and add some excellent pieces to your local art collection at the same time.
Thu., April 28, 8 p.m.; Fridays, Saturdays, 11 a.m.; Thursdays, 11 a.m. Starts: April 28. Continues through May 30, 2011
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.'"