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
This box set collects all six JG solo studio records, from 1972's Garcia to 1982's Run for the Roses. With the exception of two albums, these often find Garcia in the role of interpretive singer, in large part forsaking the extended jams/improvisations of the Grateful Dead. He draws upon Dylan, early rock 'n' roll (Chuck Berry's "Let It Rock"), Motown (a suavely comforting take on "When the Hunter Gets Captured by the Game"), the British Invasion (a loping, funky "I Saw Her Standing There"), and even pre-rock chestnuts ("Russian Lullaby," a blistering bluegrass "Back Home in Indiana"). Regarding his originals, there's both startling brilliance and numbing tedium. Garcia (on which JG plays all the instruments save drums) contains his tightest and edgiest music of all: The tense, eerie "Bird Song," and the "Late for Supper/Eep Hour/Spidergawd" trilogy, which, with its sampled voices and unsettling, dublike sound collages, resembles the post-rock of Cul de Sac and Gastr del Sol. Cats Under the Stars, however, is loaded with lethargic "competence," confirming everything punks of the day felt about "dinosaur rock." Offering hours of music, obscure and otherwise, All Good Things is unlikely to appeal to any but the most devoted fan. But for the truly faithful, this is the Lost Ark.
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.'"