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
When rock types aspire to a sort of respectability by working in the distinguished symphonic idiom (e.g., Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio), there's usually hell to pay. Pop fans don't understand the resulting work, while classical critics lambaste the composer as a dilettante. In spite of these laws, ex-Pink Floyd bassist/songwriter Roger Waters composed an opera based on the French Revolution. Ça Ira is not rock opera or rock/classical fusion, but a multicharacter dramatic work resembling that of Mozart and Wagner (but sung in English), featuring established singers (Bryn Terfel, Ying Huang), an orchestra, and three choirs. The only commonality with Waters' Floyd contributions is usage of a children's choir (intentionally?), recalling "The Wall." Ira recounts upheaval from assorted perspectives: Queen Marie Antoinette, a politicized priest, a slave (Senegalese singer Ismael Lo), even the pope (who, refusing to endorse the Rights of Man Declaration, backed the monarchy). The singers' portrayals are palpably stirring; the music, albeit rather conservative compared to the work of contemporary composers such as John Adams or George Crumb, is melodiously melodramatic, full of swirling, sighing strings and resounding crescendos. Defying his forebears, this Waters kid shows potential in this field.
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.'"