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
Most attempts at compiling the massive output of Italian soundtrack giant Ennio Morricone have stuck to the obvious, focusing on a mix of the indelible spaghetti western themes that helped elevate director Sergio Leone's '60s films to high art along with a sampling of music from later, high-profile productions like Once Upon a Time in America and The Mission. Leave it to the avant-garde eggheads at rock maverick Mike Patton's Ipecac Records to put together this stunning two-disc set selected by Sun City Girls founder Alan Bishop that delves into the prolific composer's far more experimental work. Drawn from a variety of bloody psychological crime thrillers and horror movies made during the late '60s and early '70s, the music finds Morricone inspired to match the stylized violence of these Euro exploitation flicks with a wildly expanded sonic palette. Acid-rock freakouts writhe in the midst of free-jazz mayhem; female voices constricted with passion and/or strangulation pant and moan in time to spare, heartbeat drums; and fractured electronics swirl over jangling junkyard percussion, sometimes all within the space of a single piece. Morricone's nonlinear, ADD style on the collection recalls the chaotic universe of Looney Tunes maestro Carl Stalling, another composer Patton and liner-note writer John Zorn hold in high esteem. Crime and Dissonance is completely batshit bananas and an absolutely essential purchase for any adventurous fan of terrifying and beautiful music.
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.'"