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
There's no secret to helping you focus better — unless you count Adderall — but studies have shown that listening to music before or while performing a task can improve attention, memory, and even your ability to perform mental math.
An inconspicuous doorway off Valencia Street leads to a treasure trove of zines and 10,000-plus hours of sound and video recordings from the 1960s to the 1990s, all charting the progressive history of the Bay and its effect on global radical movements.
If you visited last year’s excellent group exhibition “State of Mind” at the Berkeley Art Museum, you might have been treated to The Sound of Ice Melting. A re-creation of a 1970 conceptual piece by Paul Kos, the artwork consisted of a 25-pound block of ice that was allowed to dissolve at its own pace in the downstairs gallery, surrounded by mics to pick up any sound it might emit. At once humorous and sublime, Kos’ piece has served as a touchpoint for artist/musician Collin McKelvey, whose new 7” record, Canti for Paul Kos, is the “nineteen” at the release party Fifteensixteenseventeeneighteennineteen. Local art and music imprint Land and Sea, run by husband-and-wife team Chris Duncan and Maria Otero, celebrates its five most recent publications, which also include flipbooks by Greg Stimac and Reuben Lorch-Miller, a book by Pavle Levi, and an edition by Duncan himself called WORDS. Duncan’s book uses text as raw material to create intense visual patterns, and for this event trumpeter Jacob Wick further interprets Duncan’s words as musical notes in a free-wheeling performance. Getting back to that melting ice, curator Aaron Harbour whips up unique drinks for attendees to pair with McKelvey’s record, served in ice cube cups. Harbour calls this particular gig “the taste of ice melting.”
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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.'"