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
Formed in Tucson in 1988 by a group of high school friends, the Supersuckers moved to Seattle (based on a coin-flip) a couple years before grunge could be found in JC Penney catalogs. The band didn't adapt to the sensitive caveman sludge that prevailed at the time, instead resembling smirky, macho cavemen whose fast-machine/motor-clean metal/punk hybrid sounded exactly like the work of four sun-baked best friends who'd taken their band name from a porno mag. Since then they've built an expansive repertoire that includes odes to weed, cocaine, fighting, shooting rampages, hell and Les Paul guitars. In concert, the cowboy-hat-sporting musicians exaggerate rock 'n' roll histrionics to a nearly Tenacious D-like degree. They close their shows with "fake encores" where they leave the stage and return within fifteen seconds; they make no attempt to conceal the phallic implications of their dueling lead-guitars, and flash devil-horns as often as Dio. Of course, parody is the icing rather than the cake for the Supersuckers, who back up the shtick with raw power, Buzzcockian tunefulness and teen-wet-dream guitar playing. Over the years they began dabbling in (relatively) pure country music, have backed up Willie Nelson and released a split single with Steve Earle. But you can usually expect their shows to explicate the title of their 1999 greatest hits record: How the Supersuckers Became the Greatest Rock and Roll Band in the World.
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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.'"