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
Though New York and Chicago have usually overshadowed it, San Francisco has always had a vibrant and varied jazz scene, and these recent platters prove it's still healthy. The San Francisco Chamber Jazz Quartet specializes in, well, chamber jazz, a subgenre of post-'60s jazz in which small-group improvisational interplay meets the precision and intimacy of a classical chamber ensemble. SFCJQ is an album of harmonious and elegant pleasures: Gini Wilson's piano has the meticulous, warm lyricism of Bill Evans, and Steve Heckman's lithe, meditative soprano saxophone includes the poignant, voicelike resonance of an oboe; Pat Klobas (bass) and Ron Marabuto (drums) play crisply and deftly, providing a subtle rhythmic impetus that engagingly propels Wilson's compositions, thus sidestepping background-music insipidity. SFCJQ closes slyly enough with a couple of nifty, Horace Silver-like soul-jazz swingers. The Heckman-helmed Live at Yoshi's is an entirely different affair. Admittedly inspired by early-'60s John Coltrane, Yoshi's features Heckman's bristling, surging, shiny-toned tenor and keening soprano saxophones working out on originals and songs by or associated with Coltrane. His quartet fashions a post-bop matrix that's both spellbinding and bracing, framing Heckman's focused, melodic wails and Matt Clark's spare, alternately genial and jabbing piano. For classy chill-out jazz, SFCJQ; for jazz cerebral and cathartic, Live at Yoshi's.
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.'"