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
No need to limit your al fresco arts activities to Stern Grove. The Yerba Buena Gardens Festival ensures that you can get some fresh air and take in a few of the Bay Area's cultural treasures year round sometimes even on your lunch break. The festival features over one hundred free events, ranging from dance, theater, and music to site-specific installations and just about anything else you'd care to gawk at on your way to work or a movie. This afternoon, soak in the sounds of Los Vasallos del Sol and the Venezuelan Music Project. The two groups offer a distinct melting-pot aesthetic that's well-suited to the hybrid sensibility of the Bay Area arts scene. Los Vasallos del Sol (which translates to "vassals of the sun," a nod to the music's partially pre-Columbian origins) hail from Venezuela and navigate fluidly between percussive African rhythms and syncopated, maraca-shaking tunes. The Bay-Area based Venezuelan Music Project similarly probes the roots of Venezuelan music, encompassing everything from lyrical calypso to propulsive urban music. The vocal techniques are just as varied, but it's the four-string Venezuelan cuatro (known as the "guitarilla renascentista," or the little Renaissance guitar, in the olden days), which is typically the rhythmic core of all Venezuelan music, that'll make you suspect where the term "heart strings" comes from.
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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.'"