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
With neighborhood institutions like the 21 Club closing to make way for yuppie cocktail bars, Brown Jug remains an oasis — and one that takes full advantage of the state's operating hours window, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
Downtown New York City players are known for combining world-class musicianship with avant-garde extremism. Yet even in such company, pianist Uri Caine stands apart. The Classical Variations, his latest CD in a respected discography of nearly two dozen recordings, collects some of his best recent work reimagining and jazz-riffing on well-known compositions by giants of the genre: Mozart, Mahler, Wagner, Verdi, Schumann, Beethoven, and Bach. "The Scratch Variation," a DJ-twisted upending of Bach, and its rollicking stride-piano counterpart, "The Fats Variation," are genius: fluid, groove-rich, and somehow both contemporary and timeless. "Turkish Rondo," a popular Mozart theme from "Piano Sonata (K. 331) in A-Major," is another standout. Under Caine's direction, Arabic singing (lifted by turntablist DJ Olive) and
desert-style drumming recontextualize the melody as it's played straight and then improvised on clarinet, electric guitar, and trumpet. Tonight, Uri Caine and Friends will apply the opposite approach to Hungarian folk music. Rather than updating Béla Bartóks famous folksong-inspired themes to underscore their ethnic foundation, the pianist is going directly to the source Bartók's own field recordings to create new compositions, which aim to blend the spirit of the old and the new with classical, jazz, and folk music in unprecedented ways. (Caine also plays a free solo show on Feb. 15; see www.sfcmc.org.)
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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.'"