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
In remote Russian villages, seasons are marked by boisterous celebrations such as the winter Koleda and summer Kupala, where young and old join in vibrant, and decidedly ancient, expressions of hopefulness and abundance. Devoted to preserving these age-old Slavic folk songs, dances, handcrafts, and circle games, the South Bays Russian House Kedry offers courses as well as bacchanals led by Kostroma, a large vocal ensemble directed by Siberian native Tanya Teodorovich. During a Kupala, Kostromas intricate vocal harmonies might accompany children jumping hand-in-hand over roaring fires or women in white linen smocks wading into rivers. This years harvest time will be celebrated with Folk Songs and Rituals of Old Russia, a natural collaboration between Kostroma and Kitka, the critically acclaimed womens vocal ensemble. Regarded as one of the most important interpreters of Slavic and Balkan choral works in the U.S., Kitka is an unlikely media darling. While not as bound by tradition as Kostroma over its 30-year existence, Kitka has commissioned many modern composers to push the boundaries of folk music the groups members have strong ties to the Old World, doing fieldwork from Turkey to Ukraine and appearing in cultural festivals as international guests of honor.
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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.'"