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.
Your roommates and neighbors will have a twofold reaction to the strains of you blasting these initial releases of the HEAVYbreathing series. The first is that you have some willfully eclectic taste, running the gamut from exotica to blues to hip hop. The second is that said taste is not quite masking the high volume of whatever porno you are currently watching. This German compilation's unifying factor is that each selection features some sort of groan, moan, or gasp of le petite mort within every groove. That means some raunchy, horizontal soul: Little Esther Phillips purrs about "Ooh Midnight"; Tina Turner pants about "Doin' It" while Ike fingers the piano; Screamin' Jay Hawkins gnashes on "Bite It." DJ Qbert, Kool Keith, De La Soul, and Lil' Kim all swing by, and Chakachas' "Jungle Fever" gets sampled by 2 Live Crew. Plenty of bongos and congas fuel other mewls, as do prototype synthesizers (see White Noise and Sensuously Sinthesized on the first volume). The disc even includes Breathless star Jean Seberg getting, you know, breathless on "Hiasmina." But for every salacious exotica cut, lewd rock-steady single, or nasty funk number, there are some tedious ringers from current-day German no-names. Oddest of all are mood-killing liners that posit "why this male falsetto is so typical of black music" then note elsewhere: "It is so easy for Afro-American men to sing like this." Such steamy moments are thus tempered somewhat by a curatorial wank job. Andy Beta
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.'"