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
Most mysteries, written at the speed of sound, suffer in lazy, cheap, and bad writing, which has its charms, mostly in the fun of spotting all the examples of lazy, cheap, and bad writing. The Plot Against Hip Hop suffers in none of these ways, despite treading in dangerous waters by incorporating real-life hip hop into its fictional plot: the murder of a music critic. Jay-Z shows up in the second paragraph, and other hip hop notables -- including Grandmaster Flash, Suge Knight, Nas, Lil Wayne, and Soulja Boy; everyone, basically -- are spread thickly throughout the book. They are observed, commented upon, moved around, even talked to. Fortunately, writer Nelson George, as a music critic, filmmaker, and producer with an impressive body of work centered around African-American culture, is more than up to the task. What we get is a literal history of hip hop meshed with the book's "secret" history, which concerns corporate America and other nefarious outfits -- we won't give it away -- all driven by a gripping murder investigation. In the end, the revelations come fast, even incorporating some real-world quandaries. Who killed Biggie? What was really behind the crack epidemic? It's all in there. The great American rock novel is still up for grabs, but the great American rap mystery is cut.
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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.'"