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
When day drinkers just could not stop pissing along the train tracks at Dolores Park, where every weekend tons of revelers gather to partake in booze and other inebriants, the city came up with a great idea to make public urination acceptable: install an outdoor urinal.
In a tone that manages to be simultaneously self-aware, streetwise, and incredulous, an anonymous rent boy recounts being raped by a trick in a New York hotel. Filmmaker Gina Carducci and queer writer Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore illustrate his graphic reminiscence with moody, ephemeral shots of empty lobbies and elevators that evoke the accumulated psychodramas of public spaces. Their marvelously titled 16mm short, All That Sheltering Emptiness, is one of several exceptional works collected in Human Nature, the first of two shorts programs comprising the ATA Film & Video Festival. Bill Browns gritty, unvarnished Chicago Corner, a biting critique of the hostile indifference of urban renewal in Daleys town, illuminates another side of the relationship between people and their environment. Going beyond metaphorical places and literal locations, John Palmer goes deceptively deep in Whos Afraid. He traffics brilliantly in off-screen space. Two disembodied heads bicker and bait each other in close-up, then welcome another, unprepared couple for more of the same. Whos Afraid is the most entertaining piece in the lineup, appropriating its dialogue from a classic text on private spaces.
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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.'"