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
Ask 100 calypso musicians what their genre is all about, and youll get 100 different answers: politics, religion, science, education, sport, romance. The prevailing attitude in Trinidad seems to be if you can write a story about it, you can write a song about it, which might be why locals refer to calypso as the poor person's newspaper. (Add it to the list of reasons why this music remains relevant.) Champions of the music are also fond of saying its rhythm and poetry makes women turn to jelly, which may be true. But what happens when the women are the ones singing? Thats the question posed by Singing Sandra, Kizzie Ruiz, and Shereen Caesar, who perform tonight in An Evening with the Women of Calypso. Hailing from Trinidad, the women offer an idea of what daily life is like in their homeland in the Caribbean, from a point of view other than that of the traditionally dominant male calypso voice. While Ruiz and Caesar have established themselves as rising stars in the genre, Singing Sandra (aka Sandra Des Vignes Mellington) is the veteran of the group. Shes been performing since the early 1980s and was named the Calypso Queen of the World in 1987. Onstage, shes a maternal and authoritative figure, giving voice to the female pillars of Caribbean society and other disenfranchised members of the public. Together, with a full band, the performers create a family of calypsos highest order.
March 24-27, 2011
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.'"