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
There was something a little uninviting about the dancefloor during the mid-'90s. Not that swing dancing didnt look like fun, but if white jazz wasnt your bag and cufflinks werent your idea of high style, you were out of luck. Brian Gardner suffered the cocktail nation so you didnt have to: He took the lessons, perfected the steps, and brought them back to his people. Swing Goth is his version of an old-fashioned, unpretentious, post-punk danceclub, with a twist or a Lindy Hop, as the case may be. Dont worry if youve never noticed the latent jitterbug in almost every Love and Rockets tune. With his convivial wit and wine-colored corset, Gardner can teach anyone to partner dance to anything, from the Gorillaz to Siouxsie Sioux. Gardners Bowie Ball bowed down before mysterious toxic fumes weaving their way through the Tenderloin earlier this year. But, well aware that there is no other neighborhood in which to honor the patron saint of shapeshifters, Gardner has returned with a crew of dance instructors, as well as the live junkyard blues of 5 Cent Coffee and the Bowie-inspired waggishness of Barry Syskas Fantasy Orchestra.
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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.'"