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
An organization is only as strong as its leader, and with E-40 -- one of the bay's most influential rappers -- at the helm of the Sick Wid It Umbrella, it's safe to expect greatness. It's no surprise, then, that even with 20 tracks and three dozen artists, this compilation is more consistent than most single-artist albums. The songs reach beyond bay rap to include R&B (Mike Marshall), crunk (Al Kapone), and dancehall (Rankin' Scroo), but the hodgepodge of producers respects and achieves the greater sonic goal: a cohesive, complementary sound throughout. 40, ever the family man, plays host to his cousin B-Legit and his teenage son Droop-E, who rhymes and produces four tracks including the standout "Don't Let the Glasses Fool Ya" (a warning against confusing bad boys for bookworms that also features B-Slimm on the mike). Rookie-of-the-year candidates Turf Talk and Federation grace several tracks with their innovative and inimitable styles, but you never lose sight of who the capo is here. With E-40's endless, effortless, and wildly original rhymes, his hard-earned star status is never in question, and yet he seems content to let others get their shine. Chalk it up to being a proud poppa.
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.'"