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
Bebe Sweetbriar is one of the hardest working drag queens in San Francisco. The gorgeous and glamorous diva is a singer, talk show hostess, party promoter, and activist — she's a busy girl.
Sweetbriar is now preparing to tour in conjunction with her just released dance single Dontcha — it's her fourth record, and her first after signing with Hit Save Music. (Sweetbriar's previous releases were independently produced.) This new record, Sweetbriar tells SF Weekly, is a cover of the 2005 hit "Don't Cha" by The Pussycat Dolls.
"I have always liked the original," the singer explained. "I used to sing it around the way I heard it in my head with different harmonies and a completely different bridge where the rap used to be in the original. With my first label release, I wanted to put out a song that people were drawn to because of its familiarity and then go, 'but who is that banging out the vocals?'"
Sweetbriar describes the appeal of dance and house music to gay men.
"Dance, house and tribal music has always been music that has always been something that gay men have been able to express themselves openly in an otherwise restrictive society, one that didn't allow us to be who we truly were," she said. "The beat of dance and club music gives us the permission to let it all out when most of the time we have had to hold it all in.
"Sweetbriar is thrilled that Dontcha was produced by Leo Frappier, who's impressive list of credits includes working with Mary J. Blige and the legendary Sylvester. "Leo Frappier is an amazing producer," she said. "It was such a wonderful experience working with him on Dontcha in his Baysound Studioshere in San Francisco. Leo is known for being a strong producer when it comes to vocal-based dance music. His ear for what works vocally is awesome. He definitely enhanced my ability to put into my recording sessions as much as possible and to give the best performance I could on this track. Because of his credentials and the voices he has produced in the past, it inspired the best in me."
Sweetbriar displays her clear, strong pipes and her sex appeal in the Dontcha video. She exudes attitude and invites viewers to experience the video as they see fit.
"Unlike my previous videos, Dontcha pays less attention to story lines and gives the viewer an opportunity to interpret what the lyrics of the song means to them," she said. "I am pretty much solo in this music video with a cameo by Leo. Their is a little part that gives you my take on the lyrics, but otherwise this will be one of my first videos using a lot of post production graphics and visual augmentation. It will be sexy, no doubt."
The diva added that she has nothing but love for Amir Jaffer, the indie filmmaker who called the shots on the Dontcha video.
"I have produced 5 or 6 other music videos with Amir," Sweetbriar recalled. "We have a great chemistry working together on videos or his film projects. We have similar visions. I have always told a story in my videos so it is important for me to work with a director who is also a storyteller. Amir is a screenwriter of many short films and used to conveying a full story in a short amount of time, paramount in shooting a storyline in a music video"
Sweetbriar tells us that she'll be going out on a promotional tour for Dontcha. Fans can look forward to much more from this versatile and talented performer.
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.'"