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 case you've been TaskRabbiting your way through life and haven't had the chance to leave the micro-loft to stroll the alleys and streets of central San Francisco, the number of homeless tent encampments in town is approaching epic levels — as in Hooverville and Great Depression levels.
In the decade before Nirvana made it safe (and commercially viable) to rock alternatively, the underground music world sporadically coughed up "quirky" bands like R.E.M. or the Cure into a mainstream bewitched by Madonna, Don Henley, and Bon Jovi, while the rest of the oddities were relegated to grubby college radio stations and that tiny parcel of airtime MTV gave Tim Sommer on Sunday nights to spin postmodern vids. This four-CD, 82-song collection does a fine job of cataloging the wildly disparate sounds of that vast subterranean scene. Sure, the Violent Femmes' "Blister in the Sun" and Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart" are predictable entries, but there are deeper cuts from the Smiths, Butthole Surfers, Dinosaur Jr., XTC, Gang of Four, and the Minutemen, plus welcome exhumations of the Feelies, Passions, the Go-Betweens, and Gun Club. Although some may squabble over which staples and obscurities are missing (whaddaya want, a 15-disc, $250 set?!), additional tracks from the likes of Minor Threat, Throbbing Gristle, the Sugarcubes, Beat Happening, and Kate Bush make for a well-rounded and satisfying five-hour alt-'80s flashback.
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.'"