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
The immortal moment came decades ago: a long-suffering fan already, at 8 years old, slumped against a rail at the ballpark for what could be the last time, defeated on the field and off of it, where the Giants were planning to possibly decamp from Candlestick Park to Florida.
In 1979, Bob Mould, Grant Hart, and Greg Norton, whose lives intersected at a record store in Minneapolis, added umlauts to the name of a Swedish board game and started performing as Hüsker Dü. They played hardcore. Had they continued to play hardcore, '80s alternative rock would've traveled a much different path. With his irresistible guitar squall and thoughtful lyrics, Mould nudged the band into the emerging indie scene, cumulating in the 1984 masterpiece Zen Arcade. The excellently titled double album offered young and confused youth a soundtrack to their lives in a way that bands like the Dead Milkmen would never do. (Cult novelist Dennis Cooper, himself a demigod to the young and confused, calls his book Try a tribute to the album.) Hüsker Dü became a prototypical indie band, one of the first to sign a decent contract with the majors -- Mould, in fact, holds the unique position of being the guy who gave major-label advice to Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth, who went on to dispense it like Advil to the rest of the pack. Still, Hüsker Dü never achieved widespread success, and drugs and infighting broke up the band. Mould went on to modest '90s success heading a more radio-friendly band, Sugar. The early 2000s, however, saw a more multifaceted Mould emerge. Among other things, he embraced DJ, electronica, and dance music; played lead guitar for Hedwig and the Angry Inch; and worked as a scriptwriter for professional wrestling. Tonight, he appears in conversation with critic Michael Azerrad, who wrote the book on indie underground -- literally, with 2001's Our Band Could Be Your Life. "Talking Music" with Mould is co-presented by City Arts & Lectures and Noise Pop.
Tue., Oct. 16, 8 p.m., 2007
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.'"