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 Bad Plus came to most peoples attention by covering Smells Like Teen Spirit, so its fitting that the rock-loving jazz trio should tackle another gem from Nevermind on its latest album. And, yes, the new For All I Care kicks off with a cheeky reading of Lithium, but its worth noting that the Bad Plus isnt simply a trio this time around and doesnt settle only for boundary-stretching instrumentals. Minneapolis rock singer Wendy Lewis provides lead vocals, adding a new facet to the bands trademark reinterpretations. Having tackled the likes of Rush, Aphex Twin, the Pixies, and Blondie in the past, the Bad Plus and now Lewis embrace such radio staples as Pink Floyds Comfortably Numb and Hearts Barracuda while also tipping their hats to Wilco, K.D. Lang, the Flaming Lips, the Bee Gees, and, surprising us once more, Igor Stravinsky. No offense to Lewis, but the latter allows bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, and drummer David King to showcase their wares without vocals crowding them. But lest you dismiss the Bad Plus as a gimmicky covers act, theyve contributed original compositions in the past that are every bit as interesting as their excavation of pop-culture touchstones.
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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.'"