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 cover of Marissa Nadler's sophomore disc, The Saga of Mayflower May, resembles a Victorian daguerreotype hanging upon a wall covered in richly patterned floral wallpaper. Way I see it, for this record Nadler has assumed the persona of Mayflower May -- a gorgeously shy 'n' awkward young woman of the late 1800s perpetually hiding herself behind thick brown locks of hair and ankle-length nightgowns. May spent her days roaming the woods on the family estate just outside Philadelphia. Her parents shunned her, fearing May was partially retarded (possibly possessed) because she would wake up in the dead of night, head to the parlor -- a room that produced a haunting echo -- and croon spooky folk lullabies till sunrise. I attempted to assuage her family's fears; I pleaded with them, explaining that May wasn't at all evil but simply a little melancholic child somehow proficient on 12-string guitar and ukulele and in possession of a precocious talent for fusing 1960s folk, Mazzy Star-inspired indie-pop, and a dash of Tiny Tim's vocal histrionics. Obviously, they didn't know what the fuck I was talking about, so they sent both of us to the sanatorium.
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.'"