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 a perfect world, side projects would be judged independent of project-projects. But this ain't a perfect world, so Spencer Krug's Sunset Rubdown is just going to have to deal with living in the shadow of his main gig, Wolf Parade. Luckily, Shut Up I am Dreaming is most certainly a shadow-dweller, sounding more like one man wrestling with his demons in a basement than four dudes playfully batting theirs about in a rumpus room. The barely contained ebullience of last year's sensational Apologies to the Queen Mary is here replaced by bleaker fare: "My heart's in my chest, you snake/ You can have the rest, you snake." Yup, Krug's been having trouble with the ladies, and many of these songs reflect this despair: The organ-driven "Swimming" stumbles like a drunk spewing invectives at no one in particular; the minimalist "I'm Sorry I Sang on Your Hands That Have Been in the Grave," lopes along like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh. "Snakes Got a Let III" and "Stadiums and Shrines II" hint at the delectably warped melodies Krug makes with his other band, but they fall short of anything truly memorable. The lone standout is "Us Ones in Between," a piano-driven dirge that even features a children's choir. Sings Krug, "I saw the sun go down outside of Arkansas/ I saw the sun come up, somewhere in Illinois/ And in the darkness/ I taught myself to hate/ But where were you, oh where were you, and where'd the fucking sun go." Whoever and wherever you are, please come back before Wolf Parade re-enters the studio.
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.'"