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
The latest album from Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Avatar, is like some of the most outstanding albums in Blue Notes illustrious catalogue. Not sounds like, in the manner of some young jazz musicians presenting fine yet ultimately retro sounds recalling the labels archetypal hardbop sessions. Avatar, rather, is like discs such as Andrew Hills Point of Departure and the edgier offerings by Bobby Hutcherson, Sam Rivers, or Jackie McLean albums firmly based in the jazz tradition but which exemplified building upon and extending that tradition into the future.
Under the auspices of American icons Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Haden, Rubalcaba came to the attention of the international jazz community while performing at the Montreal and Montreux festivals, eventually settling in the U.S. in 1996. Dont stereotype him as an Afro-Cuban jazz player, though while he is mos def immersed in the folkloric and jazz traditions of his island-nation birthplace, he is not limited by them. Rubalcabas previous work also reflects the bebop god-of-the-88s Thelonious Monk, as well as classical music Avatar includes nods to Lennie Tristano (angular, thick chords), Chick Corea, and John McLaughlin, the last of whom the song Infantil is dedicated. Rubalcabas quintet featuring Cuban/Bay Area-expat multisax wiz Yosvany Terry comes through with rippling, fervent solos and rousing rhythms. The group proves, for those needing it, that creative jazz need not be a chore to listen to.
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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.'"