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
Some hip-hop stars have done all they can to make people believe the genre begins and ends with talk of bitches and hos, gangstas and Glocks, fat joints and 40s. But we know better. We know hip-hop originated in New York City in the 1970s and has a history of being a form of protest music. And we like protest music. Paul Flores does, too, and he knows hip-hop still has powerful potential to get young people engaged and bring about needed social change. The Latino population is growing rapidly, he points out, but so is its high-school drop-out rate. He also notes tension between African-American and Latino communities, and says hip-hop is a way to explore common ground and work out cultural differences. If you look at hip-hop as a means to promote violence against women, it's an evil, he says. If you look at it as a means of empowerment, it's an amazing thing. Flores brings together several acts, including his own, at Bocas Radioactivas literally radioactive mouths. Los Rakas originates from Panama, the members of Doble Filo are from Cuba, and Bocafloja is from Mexico. Special guests are DJ Leydis (another Cubano) and poet Brandon Santiago from Youth Speaks. Flores says they raise difficult questions on issues such as race relations, interracial romance, economic inequity, and immigration, among others. The performances will be mostly a cappella, including Spanish as well as English. He wants his audience members to be more than passive listeners and consumers, but to be part of something bigger.
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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.'"