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 past few years have seen a clutch of young male crooners embracing the lost art of blue-eyed soul with no-nonsense prowess. Beyond the reinvention of Warp Records wonderboy Jamie Lidell, Eli Paperboy Reed and the lesser-known Jesse Dee have plied hooky horns, airtight backing, and creamy singing to arrive at something greater than the sum of its nostalgic parts. Michigan-raised, Los Angelesbased Mayer Hawthorne is next in line, and hes more noteworthy still. Why? Because his take on vintage soul was enough to win over connoisseur Peanut Butter Wolf, who signed Hawthorne to his respected Stones Throw label. Also, because Hawthorne played every instrument on his dreamy debut, A Strange Arrangement, in addition to writing and singing the timeless tunes. Wolf was reportedly shocked to learn this, which is understandable: Theres nothing homemade, amateur, or half-formed about the album. Rather, its glossy and charismatic, and delivered with vibrant depth. If Hawthorne is missing a drop or two of the genres hard-bitten grit, he instills his songs with a reassuring wisdom. The Ills tackles Hurricane Katrinas aftermath with brush-yourself-off optimism, and Shiny and New" looks toward a bright future. The same can be said of Hawthorne himself.
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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.'"