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
Its tempting to think of Mercury Souls Mason Bates and Benjamin Schwartz as modern day, musical equivalents of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Bates divides his time between composing high-profile symphonic and choral works for the likes of the San Francisco Symphony and Chanticleer and mixing beats under the moniker DJ Masonic at such San Francisco nightspots as 111 Minna and Temple. Schwartz, who just finished his tenure as resident conductor of the San Francisco Symphony and conducts major orchestras all over the U.S. and Europe, has collaborated with the likes of Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood and recently conducted the premiere of a piece written entirely for instruments found in a San Francisco dump, including a bird cage and a bicycle wheel. But comparing the Bay Area-based maestros to literatures most famous schizophrenic isnt really accurate. For Bates and Schwartz straddle the worlds of classical and club music so seamlessly that they make both genres seem like theyre sitting side by side on a couch conversing intimately rather than shouting at each other from opposite sides of a crowded room. The duos collaboration with visual artist Anne Patterson last year illustrates the point. Schwartz, Bates and Pattersons hybrid event fused the work of electronica DJs and classically trained instrumentalists and attracted upwards of 1,400 people. Coming off the back of Bates and Schwartzs After Hours Mercury Lounge spinoff at Davies Symphony Hall, this incarnation of Mercury Soul promises to entice more classical music lovers to SOMA and more clubbers to Civic Center than ever before.
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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.'"