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
Detroit's the GO, going where some men have gone before.
Detroit, the macho Midwestern capital of cold, gleaming chrome and pro sports teams, has inspired some of rock's punchiest interludes. Think Iggy Pop and the MC5, KISS's "Detroit Rock City," or Bowie's "Panic in Detroit." Motor City fivesome The GO are an amalgam of all that grit and glam, an invigorating treatment of vintage material. On their Sub Pop debut album Whatcha' Doin', mop-topped frontman Bobby Harlow channels Iggy's skinny, cocksure strut, while the twin guitars of Dion Fischer and John Krautner echo the Stooges' scuzzy guitar feedback. A couple of well-placed handclaps and exhortations of "Hey!" recall rock's R&B roots. And with uncluttered, instantly memorable titles like "Suzy Don't Go" ("Wait around for the show/ There's gonna be a rock and roll band/ I hope it goes real good!"), the Ramones make their inevitable appearance. Of course it's not rock without lust, and the GO are all over it: Fellas will appreciate the pleasure-pain dynamic of waiting on a woman in "Meet Me at the Movies"; the swaggering "Get You Off" goes out to the ladies. Self-proclaimed "Sunset Strip Go-Go Music" band Saturn V, the Mean Reds, and Australia's Breadmakers join in. The show starts at 9 p.m. at the Cocodrie, 1024 Kearny (at Broadway), S.F. Admission is $6; call 986-6678.
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.'"