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
While Magnetic Fields mainstay Stephin Merritt hasnt tried to duplicate the scope of 1999s three-album set, 69 Love Songs, he hasnt been been resting on his laurels, either. A trilogy of synth-free albums i, Distortion, and Januarys Realism just came to a close, and Merritt has provided music for films and stage musicals on top of touring. And the Magnetic Fields isnt his only outlet: he also has the revolving-singer project the 6ths, the more electronic collaboration Future Bible Heroes, and the especially dour Gothic Archies. Whether or not hes lending his distinctive bass moan, his tunes share an arch wit, self-reflexive lyrics, and rubbery arrangements. With more than a dozen albums among his various personas, its no wonder the idiosyncratic songwriter is the subject of an upcoming documentary. The screening alone at SF360 Film + Clubs A Sneak Preview of a Film About Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields is worth the price of admission. But theres also a question-and-answer session with director Kerthy Fix, longtime band member and manager Claudia Gonson, and Merritt himself. Sandwiched between a pair of local Magnetic Fields shows at Noise Pop, this is the ultimate extra credit for fans.
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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.'"