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
Whenever we hear about a new rock novel, we flinch, reliving the misery of Don DeLillos Great Jones Street anew what the hell was he doing there? Forget the Great American Novel: The Great Rock Novel is the most elusive prize in letters. Although we firmly believe Frank Portman is destined to wear that crown at some future date (if he isnt already, thanks to King Dork) in the interim we have Lost Coast, which might be the Great Rock Short Story That Takes Place in Present-Day San Francisco. Lost Coast hits all the right marks, with a music blogger at odds with a young, tortured singer-songwriter on the cusp of indie greatness. Author Will Boast gets the scene right part of the story is set in Hyde Street Studios as he should: Hes been part of it, playing with local bands such as Stringer Belle and Fox & Woman, among others. He also gets the writing right emotion quietly reverberates in delicate scenes written with an easy hand, tension crackling on the low end (you see what we did there) as he also should: Boast was a Stegner Fellow in fiction at Stanford. Jealous yet? How about now: Every other story in Power Ballads is about music, too, all kinds of music; radio crap-rock, jazz, country, polka, and DJ beats, and it won the Iowa Short Fiction Award. Its a good thing nobody told Boast its too hard to write about music.
Mon., Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m., 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.'"