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
Lovers of both early- and late-19th-century symphonic drama en plein air, start your picnic blankets. Grassy knolls and tormented classical music being two luxuries that play well together, the San Francisco Symphony Concert descends upon the park, hoping les flâneurs du dimanche and their brindled French bulldogs will stop their flânerie long enough to watch the piccolos wax poetic. The first ditty on the docket is John Philip Sousas Stars and Stripes Forever, the stately National March of the United States of America. Two bits from suppressed Russian homosexual and holiday favorite Tchaikovsky follow: excerpts from ballet mainstay Swan Lake, and the Fantasy-Overture from Romeo and Juliet. The latter is a work of lush Romanticism and Russian Orthodoxy, replete with impending doom, instrumental noodling, and agitated themes reminiscent of the Capulet-Montague swordfight. Finally, the finale comes from that lovable, half-deaf German hair model Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, also known as dunh dunh dunh dunhhh dunh dunh dunh dunhh This composition remains the number one drama queen of all European classical music, and its legendary four-note opening motif has been subjected to endless pop-cultural permutations over the past two hundred years.
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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.'"