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
The queer group Gay Shame was the bane of DPW workers everywhere this past year, using "wheatpaste" (wheat + water = irritatingly hard-to-remove glue concoction) to post flyers targeting everyone from astroturfing pro-development group SFBARF to its capitalist benefactor, Yelp founder Jeremy Stoppelman (lest ye forget his epic response to now-fired Yelp staffer Talia Jane's Medium post complaining about the cost of living in SF: "Move to Phoenix!").
For decades, neurologists have been prescribing music for diseases like Parkinsons and Alzheimers. Theres no doubt that Rupa Marya, a practicing physician at UCSF, understands its therapeutic effects, but her own music reaches for a more universal need of the human heart connection. Drawing on a childhood spent in India, France, and Berkeley, the striking chanteuse easily marries Colombian cumbia, French chanson, Indian raga, Gypsy jazz, and sultry folk music in a bevy of tongues. While her lyrics linger over the dark moments in life, they are accompanied by the jubilant, intoxicating April Fishes, and it is this mysterious relationship between light and shadow, hope and sorrow, which has made her band a sensation at home and in Europe.
In recent years, Maryas growing concern for the undocumented patients she was treating at her day job led Rupa & the April Fishes to visit Tijuana and Texas border towns, where the band stayed with deported migrants, chronicling their stories with the help of documentary photographer Lars Howlett. The resulting multimedia project, Catapulta!, is a touching, harrowing, heartening interplay of music, images, and tales told by the band with the help of circus performers Malamaña, dance choreographed by Sara Shelton Mann, and sculptures by Carlos Cartagena. A physician and an immigration lawyer are on hand to answer questions, and 50 free tickets are available to folks without papers at each performance.
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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.'"