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
When Green Day's Dookie dropped, it was like a bomb going off. Mainstream America, jostled from its suburban slumber, ran screaming into the streets all the way to Tower Records. It wasn't punk's finest hour. But did the band's success kill punk rock, as Billie Joe said? The new documentary Punk's Not Dead presents its side of the rickety "Is punk dead?" debate right there in the title (not dead!), and the filmmakers wheel out legions of old punks (still raring!) to have their say. If punk meant one thing to everyone, the way yacht rock does, then it might be dead. It also might be dead if there were no more basement shows or homegrown scenes, as the film aptly points out. Of course, it's not very punk to go around saying what is not punk, because you never know when some young upstart is going to bite you in the ass. The current crop of upstarts, however, only bite themselves in the ass. (That gnomic singer from Sum 41 who married Avril Lavigne calls his band "pop punk" so he won't get made fun of but who hasn't made fun of that fucking guy?) One thing is certain: The filmmaker, Susan Dynner, is very much punk. The erstwhile D.C. photographer got her start after seeing Minor Threat as a teenager, and by age 15 she had already shot a slew of fine American bands. Hooray for credibility. Henry Rollins appears in the film, obviously, but so does Ian MacKaye, so mind your elders. It premiered in 2006 in Cannes which is totally punk or not and has since appeared in a host of fests. Now the world gets it.
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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.'"