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
In case you've been TaskRabbiting your way through life and haven't had the chance to leave the micro-loft to stroll the alleys and streets of central San Francisco, the number of homeless tent encampments in town is approaching epic levels — as in Hooverville and Great Depression levels.
I think we all stopped caring a while back whether the Chicago-via-L.A. quartet OK Go were putting nearly as much effort into their music as they were into the videos that accompanied it. (I recall resolutely liking their self-titled debut in 2002, then being resolutely bored by their admittedly cleverly titled Oh No three years later. And you?) It's cool, though, because now that Michel Gondry's gone feature-length, nobody is even remotely close in terms of consistent dedication to making music videos non-lame. Need I remind you of the treadmills? The toast? The unrelated but surrealistically excellent inter-drummer staring contest?
Anyway, point is, last month OK Go rounded up the scenesters and led an eight-mile parade across Los Angeles, to the strains of the song "Back From Kathmandu" from their third album, Of the Blue Colour of the Sky. Led the parade willy-nilly? Not likely! Their route, with attendant check-ins along the way, spelled out a pilot-readably enormous "OK GO" when viewed with the GPS software that comes standard with the Range Rover Evoque, a car that is apparently inspired by "the architecture of the greatest cities in the world." (For further discussion: would a car inspired by San Francisco's architecture be drivable?) Check out the video below:
Creative expression, community involvement, and corporate sponsorship! Location-based gaming puppetmasters, take note.
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.'"