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
Thank the traditional performing arts of the Indonesian islands for this afternoon of colorful Balinese fancy-dancing and Sundanese gong-bonging galore. Gamelan Sekar Jaya an Oakland-based ensemble 30 years running and 50 members strong throws down a dynamic spectacle of choreographed flawlessness surpassing even the most competent voguing of Madonnas backup dancers. Rug-cutters in the Gamelan style devote years of their lives to master multiple levels of body articulation the dancers and musicians of Sekar Jaya have made five tours to Bali, and their cross-cultural concerts are the stuff of legend. After the performance, stay tuned for the truly Sundanese musical stylings of Pusaka Sunda, a group helmed by bamboo flute virtuoso Burhan Sukarma. Dedicated to playing the classical gamelan music of West Java, this merry band builds complex rhythms on brass percussion instruments and drums, sweeping up spectators in sublime and delicate constructions. That the entire affair takes place en plein air and is completely gratis as part of the Yerba Buena Gardens Festival only makes the promise of interlocking jitterbugs and spellbinding songcraft that much more beguiling.
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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.'"