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 the San Francisco Arts Commission wanted someone to dress up City Hall for the building's 100th anniversary last year, and become the structure's first artist-in-residence, it took a leap of faith by choosing Jeremy Fish.
The queer group Gay Shame was the bane of DPW workers everywhere this past year, using "wheatpaste" (wheat + water = irritatingly hard-to-remove glue concoction) to post flyers targeting everyone from astroturfing pro-development group SFBARF to its capitalist benefactor, Yelp founder Jeremy Stoppelman (lest ye forget his epic response to now-fired Yelp staffer Talia Jane's Medium post complaining about the cost of living in SF: "Move to Phoenix!").
J12, a 19-year-old DJ from Oakland, has started a viral video craze with a dance he invented and posted online earlier this year called, immodestly enough, the J12. Welded to the bassline of "Slow Down" by The Team (the Oakland trio of Clyde Carson, Kaz Kyzah, and Mayne Mannish), the dance mainly consists of moving your hips in an outsized circular motion, as if driving your own body, and then turning to the side and swinging your left arm. It's almost as easy as it sounds, even for the wildly uncoordinated -- or an infant.
The dance has been a boon not only for J12 himself, but for The Team. The trio first broke through locally during the hyphy era with 2004's "It's Gettin' Hot," but has been relatively quiet in recent years since Carson, the best-known member of the group, has had Bay Area success by canning Hyphy as an energy drink.
The moves have become so popular that urban radio station KMEL is hosting a J12 dance contest in time for its annual Summer Jam concert on June 10 at Oracle Arena. The winner will be gifted with $500, a trip to New York to watch a taping of America's Got Talent, and, most importantly, the chance to do the J12 onstage at Summer Jam when The Team performs "Slow Down."
The simplicity of the J12 moves makes it a fun dance that people can pick up quickly -- no throwing out your back trying to learn the Cat Daddy or the Dougie here.
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.'"