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
Westerners are familiar with the pageantry, melodrama, and glass-shattering sopranos that mark the magnum opuses of Verdi or Puccini. Yet the pantomime, combat acrobatics, and warbly, percussion-backed arias of the Peking primadonna seem a world apart from the opera most of us know. But Western and Beijing-style opera have more than a few things in common; for one, the drama is usually more symbolic and gestural than literal, and major leitmotifs like star-crossed lovers and beefing between social classes tend to dominate the plots. A marriage between the two styles might be a bit tricky, but not impossible. Witness Farewell, My Concubine, the newly scored opera by famed Chinese composer, Xiao Bai. The story itself comes from traditional Chinese opera, but it took Xiao Bai 18 years to translate it for Western ears. The new version debuted in China last October to the delight of pince-nez wearers everywhere and now kicks off a six-city U.S. tour. The classic Chinese love story of a warrior and his concubine during the Qin dynasty dates back 2,200 years. (And some might be familiar with the 1993 film version, which intertwined the myth with a story of two childhood friends trained by a tyrannical opera master during the Cultural Revolution.) The opera, sung in Mandarin with English supertitles, features the evocative songs of librettist Wang Jian. Although traditional theatrical forms are quickly waning in significance and tickets sold, the fusion of these two distinct traditions is both novel and stunning. Besides, star-crossed love stories never get old.
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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.'"