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
Inflammatory button-pushing at its finest, Tourrorists! is the third full-length from Porest, the longtime recording project of West Oaklander Mark Gergis. He's also a frequent contributor to guerrilla documentarian label Sublime Frequencies, and a key player in innovative local bands like Mono Pause and Diatric Puds. While the last two Porest CDs offered plenty of audio cut-up fun and perplexing goofiness, Tourrorists! is his pointedly political tour de farce. The album is sprinkled with catchy, vaguely Middle Eastern instrumentals Gergis is credited with an odd shopping list of sound sources, including baglama saz (lute) and "Khmer MIDI failure" but it's the textual content that stands out. On "Let's Roll," three synthesized voices hold an incendiary post-9/11 conversation, referring to things like the "Yankee Doodle Martyrs' Brigade" and Osama Bin Laden as a masturbatory fantasy figure. One line, "God bless the terrorists and their families," is even emblazoned on the CD liner notes. The track "INS Urgent" recontextualizes a barrage of invasive questions from what sounds like a citizenship interview, the best snippet being: "Have you ever been a prostitute of national importance under civilian direction?" Provocative stuff, but it's doubtful inveterate tongue-in-cheek prankster Gergis is serious about all the controversial "statements" on Tourrorists!, though he probably supports many. Rather, he's just trying to jar listeners into questioning the Orwellian slow-boil in which we're all currently immersed.
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.'"