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
There is nothing more transporting than the eerie, earthy sound of metallophones and gongs ringing through the soft summer air as firelight casts the shadows of demons on the wall and lissome women feather their fingers and flash their eyes. For more than three decades, the Ethnic Dance Festival has drawn exquisite and, sometimes, unlikely dancers from around the world. This year, regions represented are as disparate as Transylvania and Peru, but it is our own Gamelan Sekar Jaya that opens the monthlong fete tonight. Since 1979, the 60-member company of musicians and dancers has performed at the innovative Symphony Space in New York as well as small dirt-track villages in Bali, with material as traditional as the Ramayana and as far-flung as their collaborations with The Residents. The world premiere of Bayangan Jiwa employs shadow dancing and the seven-toned instrumentation of a Semarandana ensemble (rather than the more traditional four tones of Balinese gamelan) to invoke the spaces where spirits dream between light and darkness, silence and sound, stillness and deed. Co-headliner Pusaka Sunda offers gamelan degung music from West Java, with traditional masked dances and song, followed by a collaboration between ensemble leaders I Dewa Putu Berata and Pak Burhan Sukarma.
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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.'"