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
When we think skateboard soundtrack, bands like JFA and RKL still immediately spring to mind. Early on, the speed and rebellion of punk were the aural embodiment of the skaters’ innate disregard for life and limb. But recently, we saw a deck painted up with Marvin Gaye and that made sense, too — weaving through urban obstacles with the leonine grace of the Prince of Soul. Under the art direction of Ian Johnson, Western Edition has produced a number of jazz-inspired skateboards, including the Miles Davis Quintet. It’s not a huge leap. Jazz and skateboarding both require complexity, dexterity, and mastery, which naturally lends itself to improv, and perhaps collaboration. Enter MacArthur Genius Jason Moran. Turning heads and winning awards since the late ’90s, this young jazz giant was recently named the Kennedy Center’s Artistic Advisor on Jazz (at half the age his predecessor was appointed). So when Moran said he wanted to conclude his residency at SF Jazz with a half-pipe, they said, “How high?” The ramp will sit right in front of the stage, where Moran’s exceptional trio Bandwagon will exchange movements with skaters such as Ben Gore, Adrian Williams, Alex “Tons” Wolslagel, and Jake Johnson.
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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.'"