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
In 2013, when Catharine Clark moved her eponymous gallery from 49 Geary to the Potrero Hill area, she gave herself more room to work with, including a dedicated media space that has shown indelible work by such artists as Shalo P ("The Bedroom Suite"), Nina Katchadourian ("In a Room Full of Strangers"), and Andy Diaz Hope and Jon Bernson ("Beautification Machines").
Somewhat underappreciated in the rise of the hyphy movement has been the contributions of local producers to the sound; when Lil Jon helmed E-40's "Tell Me When to Go," many Baydestrians felt the King of Crunk stole a stylistic page from Rick Rock, the self-described "King of Slaps." Slaps a song mainly consisting of hard snares and heavy bass, whose beat "keeps knocking down your rearview mirror" according to 40 are a major reason why hyphy has emerged, and while Rock, Droop-E, and EA-Ski are often cited as the Yay's premier slap-nicians, Traxamillion's dope-ass albumsuggests the San Jose-based producer is just as responsible. Trax has the basic slap formula down, but what makes his knocks so habit-forming is his use of keyboards to create a melodic, hypnotic counter-rhythm, as on Keak Da Sneak's "Super Hyphie." That track doesn't appear on Slapp Addict, but Keak's new song "On Citas," does, in addition to now-familiar anthems like The Team's "Just Go" and Dem Hoodstarz' "Grown Man Remix," plus several newer tunes. Of those, Too $hort & Mistah F.A.B.'s "Sideshow" has generated the most street buzz, but F.A.B.'s "Yellow Bus" and Balance's "We Like the Slapps" (which updates L'Trimm's "Cars That Go Boom") are just as fresh. Trax's skills are well evident in the album's consistent bump-ability; his versatility allows him to craft a pimp-worthy slap, bust an above-average rhyme, and elevate what might be an otherwise mediocre song like the Pack's "Club Stuntin" to the height of hyphy-dom.
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.'"