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
For someone who lives in the downtown corridor — all right, the Tenderloin — the idea of going to Ocean Beach for pizza is rife with potential pratfalls: high Uber fares, lengthy Muni trips, ever-present fog, jet lag.
Planet Rock New Years Eve 2010: A Bass Odyssey may be named in honor of its headliner, but it will also be a hot gathering of local hip-hop, electro, and reggae talent three sonic flavors beloved by San Francisco groovers. New Yorks Afrika Bambaataa, one of hip-hop and electronic musics founding DJs and leader of the empowerment group Mighty Zulu Nation, dropped his seminal single Planet Rock in 1982. It remains a prescient fusion of Kraftwerks electronic rhythms and Parliament-Funkadelics space-funk experimentation, which seems to have eternal life on the dancefloor. Bambaataas DJ sets explore the continuum from those early tunes to of-the-minute electro and techno and cultivate an old-school feel-good vibe with no frills. Countdown for the seven-hour celebration, which is hosted by DeeCees Soul Shakedown, comes courtesy of Oakland duo Zion I (MC Zumbi and producer Amp Live), which performs live at midnight in the Dark Room, likely with a mix of local classics and recent singles from The Take Over. The conversely named White Room quivers to the boombastic bass booms of dancehall and reggae tunes spun by Jah-Yzer, Dans One, and DJ Stepwise.
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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.'"