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
As Americans, we once relied on things such as wigs and fake mustaches to change our identities. Then came the Atari, the TRS-80, and after that the radical tumble into personal computers and eventually the Internet. Now, through social networking and blogs, we can be any old jerk our imagination allows us to conjure, without the heft of a wig or the itch of an artificial lip-tickler. If you can type it or digitally alter it, you can, however falsely, call it you. Are there ethics in this game called The New Me? Some say definitely yes. If you consider acts of deception criminal, then we have on our hands a veritable online Australia (a nation that began as a gigantic English penal colony). Tonights opening for Identity Project sees artists exploring how they translate (or misrepresent) themselves for the electronic public eye. It's part of the Central City Hospitality House Community Arts Program in conjunction with the San Francisco Arts Commission's ARTery project. A series of self-portraits rendered in multimedia delve into the dark side of the id and the ego when confronted with projecting identity from behind the safety of a computer. It reminds us that we all wake up and look in the mirror asking Who am I? over and over. Not in a memory-loss movie sort of way, but rather in a Wow, I have a lot of options way.
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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.'"