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
This year, Jonathan Mills, director of the Edinburgh International Festival, invited the Tiger Lillies to reinterpret Monteverdi's Madrigals of Love and War for his prestigious, mostly classical musical program. Of course, Martyn Jacques, the brazenly talented leader of the Tiger Lillies, accepted without having even the foggiest familiarity with Monteverdi. The result was a very loose interpretation of the composer's classical invective, coupling the otherworldly strains of a harpsichord with Jacques' even more unearthly falsetto. One piece begins ever so gleefully: "I'll kill you on a Wednesday/Cut off your head/Put your head upon a pole/Celebrate your death." The bluehairs at Edinburgh loved it. No big surprise. Despite the British trio's voluble affection for lyrics about piss, perversion, maniacs, whores, and mutilation, the Tiger Lillies have been welcomed by the well-heeled and high-cultured. Within theater circles, their adaptation of the demented 19th-century German tale Shockheaded Peter has continued to amass awards and sell out reputable playhouses nine years after its debut. Undaunted and undiluted by conventional triumphs, the Tiger Lillies still serve up the distorted concoction of music and theater Jacques described as "Brechtian punk cabaret" nearly 20 years ago. Their recent release, Urine Palace, features such enduring song titles as "Kick a Baby" and "Gonorrhoea," but it is, like the band, genuinely strange, beautiful, and enlivening a hopeful assurance to everyone who has grown wary and weary of the striped-armwarmer set.
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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.'"