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 first release to feature Mac Dre since his murder last November is a collaboration with his one-time protégé and fellow Vallejo native Mac Mall. The MCs appear under two of their many aliases, Andre Macassi and Mall Macenroe, and like any great tennis match, the action is in the volleys. While Mall's aggressive style charges the net with semishouted rhymes, Dre counters by chillin' at the base line, lobbing effortless winners. The duo covers a lot of well-traversed territory -- mackin', pimpin', drugs -- but still manages a degree of originality. Mall's rough rhymes have an air of urgency about them, yet Dre's complex delivery (peppered with both original and regional slang) comes off sounding impossibly easy, especially over the laid-back bay funk that fills most of the album. On "Willingly," Dre reels off 16 bars of consecutive rhymes over a nylon guitar loop without breaking a sweat, and on the reggae-inspired "Murder I Wrote," the tongue-in-cheek Jamaican accents actually work. But the standout track is "Dredio," an updated version of Royalcash's 1983 electro classic "Radioactivity (Let's Jam)." This first-ever collaboration between Mac Dre and Vallejo legend E-40 has all the makings of a bay classic.
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.'"