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
It's tough being Brandy in a post-Beyoncé world of R&B. Ms. Bootylicious is the body and the voice; she's pop, she's hip hop, she's dance. Those few areas that Beyoncé hasn't got covered (soulful grit and the tease's whisper) are fiercely guarded by stalwarts Mary J. Blige and Janet Jackson, respectively. Where does that leave Brandy -- a fairly wholesome, relatively limited vocalist with some '90s diva cred -- when attempting a comeback of sorts? Step 1: Hire Timbaland, of course. Afrodisiac is replete with the omnipresent producer's trademark stammering beats and baby-cry samples. Some of it works: The title track is an agreeable blend of what Brandy does best -- boyfriend ballads -- and Timba's infectious, if predictable, strut. Some of it doesn't: "Talk About Our Love," which features Kanye West (Step 2: Get friendly with the latest hip hop-eratti), is a muddy soup of schmaltzy melody lines, West's background mutterings, and "hyperpersonal" lyrics that come off as self-important (really, did that many people talk shit about Brandy's relationships?). Step 3: Accept your status as R&B's Mandy Moore -- a nice girl with a decent voice who just doesn't have Britney's or Beyoncé's star power.
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.'"