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 Tenderloin was set to lose another irreplaceable when the Ha-Ra Club — a low-ceilinged dive of the slummiest reputation, long fallen into neglect, but nevertheless beloved for strong pours, idiosyncratic bartenders, and a long history — was taken over by the crew who run Ace's and Dobbs Ferry.
In Flight, Linda Perry's first solo album, released in the wake of the massive success of her erstwhile band 4 Non Blondes' "What's Up?," was politely overlooked when it came out in 1995, and it's unlikely to fare much better as a rerelease, despite Perry's newfound status as pop music's most sought-after producer. It's not that the record lacks hooks or radio-friendly (though sometimes dated-sounding) choruses, which are a given with anything made by the woman responsible for Pink's "Get the Party Started" and Christina Aguilera's Grammy-winning "Beautiful." It's that Perry the lyricist is frankly too scary for mass consumption. "I've got a lot of things to tell you," she sings on "Uninvited," and tell us she does -- in bold, loud, lesbian Janis Joplin-isms that are thoughtful and heartfelt but so far afield from the pablum we're used to Perry helming it's a little frightening. America wants Perry behind the scenes -- helping teen pop suck less -- not front and center, spilling her all-too-messy soul. Still, In Flight isn't without its highlights (the honky-tonkish "Fruitloop Daydream," for one), and with post-Non Blondes lyrics like "Will success fail me?/ Will it make me free?" it is perhaps most interesting as a time capsule.
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.'"