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
The battered boombox-quality recordings of the Icky Boyfriends' harshly atonal, sorta-punk poetry have always engendered the following debate: Is this two-CD collection of music (recorded by these long-gone San Franfreaks between '89 and '95) intentionally bad or unintentionally good? The answer is: Who cares? Arguing such metaphysical twaddle as quality and intentionality misses the mark. The Icky Boyfriends are like frogs falling from the sky. Both are anomalous events existing far outside most current reality tunnels and must be appreciated as such (i.e., as jaw-droppingly strange phenomena). A panic-stricken drummer pushes too hard and crumbles during superbombastic fills. The axeman, switching between guitar and bass, produces this strangled buzz of rhythmically challenged riffage fed through dying amps. They rarely jell, creating an elastic, free-rock backdrop for the petulant and often violent ululations of this crank with a monolithic Afro and an aptitude for butchering melody. He screams about seeing "flying monkeys all around," Frank's mom's dental dam, his little brother who "killed 27 economics students at San Jose State," "Industrial Melanism," and killing pigs while taking PCP. And just think -- this mess goes on and on for 56 tracks!?!
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.'"