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
Chinese sculptor Ai Weiwei is a major talent. His often-giant work has been shown in Barcelona, Tokyo, and Munich, and is scheduled to appear soon in São Paulo and London. Soon, his Owl Houses series will appear at the Presidio more on that later. Currently, he presents several of his porcelain-focused pieces, and one made of backpacks, Snake Bag. Our favorite, Kui Hua Zi, appeared to us as comic at first: Its a giant pile of sunflower seeds. However, Ai is just barely old enough to have experienced firsthand Chinas Great Leap Forward, a disastrous policy of Mao Tse-Tungs that left large numbers of people with nothing to eat but sunflower seeds. Ai's seeds are not seeds, either, but handmade, lifesize replicas, hundreds and hundreds of them, in porcelain, a material invented in China and used there for practically everything. One thing it isnt often used for is clothing, but here it makes dresses cheap girls floral dresses the material lending its dignity and permanence to something delicate, and the form lending odd movement to the finicky material. The Owl Houses are likewise porcelain, in very traditional blue-and-white designs that appear made to hold precious things, which they are.
April 15-May 29, 2010
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.'"