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
With the Space Between (Pauline Oliveros, Philip Gelb, and Dana Reason) at a fund-raiser for the forthcoming SFALT Festival on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m. at Musician's Union Local, 116 Ninth St. (near Mission), S.F.
Suggested donation is $10-100
Performs solo on Friday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m. at Meridian Gallery, 545 Sutter (between Mason and Powell), S.F.
Tickets are $5-10
Though you won't find his name in the popular discographical guides to jazz and classical, Fred Frith has influenced countless creative players who long to push music beyond the status quo. From his groundbreaking work in the '70s British art-rock bands Henry Cow and Art Bears to subsequent experimental provocation with New York avant-gardists (John Zorn, Ikue Mori, Tom Cora), San Francisco explorers (Rova Saxophone Quartet, the Residents, Miya Masaoka), and a host of European and Japanese new-music innovators, Frith has built a rep as a freethinking but highly disciplined improviser/composer who plays guitar like no one else on Earth. On nearly 300 albums and in concerts around the world, he has demonstrated a far-reaching six-string technique -- playing the guitar table-top style, detuning it for a wobbly, woozy feel, subverting flashes of lovely melody with ferocious attacks, digging into the instrument's electric essence for a machinelike intensity, all the while creating deeply listenable music. Former Tom Waits axeman and renowned Los Cubanos Postizos leader Marc Ribot compares Frith's significance to that of rock 'n' roll pioneer Chuck Berry. "You have to see a Fred Frith improvised solo gig: That's what guitar is," suggests Ribot. "The limits of the instrument have been expanded, and people have to know what they are."
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.'"