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
Of all the Cuban music celebrities to emerge out of Wim Wenders' landmark documentary Buena Vista Social Club, vocalist Ibrahim Ferrer may have made the deepest impression, especially on audiences unfamiliar with his long history at the heart of Cuban popular song. The soft-spoken, diminutive singer of guarachas and sones started his career in the 1950s, performing with the Orchestra Chepin Choven, Beny More, and other giants of the pre-Castro scene. Like many Cuban artists', his career has been dampened by the decades-old U.S. embargo, and he was a virtual unknown here when the film came out. Now Ferrer is an international star, his reputation buoyed by his phenomenal emotional range and diverse repertoire. In his youth, Ferrer specialized in explosive, uptempo dance numbers, which he still belts out with surprising vigor for a man now in his mid-70s. More recently, his tastes have shifted toward the slower romantic ballads known as boleros, as in the duet "Silencio," which he performed with Omara Portuondo in the movie. Expect Ferrer's full range to be on display when he performs this month in San Francisco, fronting a seasoned band that has accompanied him around the world.
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.'"