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 Tenderloin was set to lose another irreplaceable when the Ha-Ra Club — a low-ceilinged dive of the slummiest reputation, long fallen into neglect, but nevertheless beloved for strong pours, idiosyncratic bartenders, and a long history — was taken over by the crew who run Ace's and Dobbs Ferry.
The history of underground legends the Red Krayola can be split into two radically different chapters. The first ('66 to '68) is the story of a psychedelic noise-rock trio from Houston that released two beautifully mind-bending records. The second ('69 to the present) is the tale of Mayo Thompson, the founding father of the Red Krayola, who ultimately adopted the moniker for the ever-changing collection of musicians he has been working with since the dissolution of his original band. It's this second chapter that the new disc Singles (a compilation of singles) is a product of. Post-trio, having already achieved a kind of iconic status, Thompson relocated to London in the late '70s and started collaborating with some of the en vogue post-punk musicians of the day, producing such timely disco funk tunes as "Micro-Chips and Fish" and "An Old Man's Dream." Then, in the late '80s, he shifted gears and churned out some catchy Euro-style synth-pop ("Your Body Is Hot"). By the mid-'90s, he had hooked up with indie heavyweights David Grubbs and Jim O'Rourke and crafted some rather intellectually arid post-rock. So basically Thompson has remained relevant for three decades by creating music that has always reflected the fickle tastes of alternative music fans and by teaming up with hip, young underground musicians. But, in all honesty, few of these singles would be considered classics of their respective genres if it weren't for the fact that Thompson kicked some serious psychedelic ass back in the late '60s, which is to say, go blow your hard-earned cash on a copy of the Red Krayola's 1967 classic The Parable of Arable Land instead of this disc.
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.'"