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
Coffee loyalty runs deep in San Francisco, and if asked to come up with a choice between Sightglass, Four Barrel, Ritual, or Blue Bottle, we might hiss and run away, flaring our frilled neck like a frightened Aussie lizard.
The MTV-fueled glory days of the music video have long since passed, but videos remain a crucial part of any band's ascent, helping it bring its songs to life, develop its aesthetic, and demonstrate its personality. But where can you go to find new and exciting indie videos by that amazing band you haven't discovered yet?
Videographers Tina Liao and Loren Risker created OutofFocus.TVto provide an online home for such videos. The indie TV channel, which describes itself as the “dream of what MTV shoulda been” streams music videos, live performances, and mini-documentaries 24/7.
“Ever since I was a teenager I loved watching music videos,” said Risker. “Even though we have more music videos than ever, and it's easier than ever for a band to make a music video, there aren't a lot of places to watch anything but pop music videos.”
“Some of them are pretty high-end and some of them are shot with VHS,” said Risker. “Not everyone who made the music videos is a professional filmmaker, but they will seem very intentional and professional.”
Liao and Risker will showcase about two hours of music videos by mostly indie rock and punk artists, with some of their own video interviews interspersed throughout the program. They will present a few juried prizes and an audience choice award as well as hold a Q & A with some directors and bands after the screening.
So what advice does Risker have for a director or band about to make its first music video?
“It should access the feeling of the song and have a flow to it,” he explains. “A good music video is like a roller-coaster. It may be the exciting one that takes you around and around, or the short one that just brings you up and down, or it could be a relaxing one like the swings. Either way, it should feel like you're on a ride.”
Here's a look at of one of the videos from the fest, "Rat House" by Shannon and the Clams, directed by Shannon Shaw.
OutofFocus.TV Music Video Festival, Sunday, May 24, 9 p.m., The New Parkway Theater, Oakland, 474 24th St., 510-658-7500. $8.
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.'"