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
The digital age promotes communication. (We’re more connected than ever.) The digital age inhibits communication. (We form superficial relationships and hide behind virtual selves.) We love our smartphones. (We could not live without them.) We hate our smartphones. (We wish we could live without them.) Such are the paradoxes of the modern world, and All I Wanted to Say reflects on them in the most thorough of ways. It uses theater, dance, music, poetry, and film to comment on how technology influences what we say as well as how and when we say it. Director and performer Silvia Girardi describes it as an intentionally emotional, evocative “collage investigation” whose components include letters from famous people in history, bits from chatroom exchanges, status updates from Facebook, and tweets. Collaborators include poet Allison DeLauer, film production house Cinematheque, choreographer Folawole, video artist Seng Chen, digital artist Tim Roseborough, and musician Matt Venuti. The performance itself tests the limits of digital communications: Girardi appears live in San Francisco. while Giuliano Pirotello appears via video feed from Italy. The two actors, representing male and female archetypes in multiple relationship scenarios, rehearsed this way, too. The work is perpetually in progress, changing with audience feedback delivered through social media channels. Some of the performance is improvised. It should come as no surprise to learn how Girardi raised money for the show: Kickstarter.
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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.'"