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
With music, a popular descriptive-yet-damning delineation is retro. Its reserved for performers drawing upon roots to a point where it seems theyre living in an idealized past. Its easy to jump to that conclusion regarding Southern California combo Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys. For cryin out loud, they dress as though they emerged from a 1955 time warp or a Patsy Cline/Wanda Jackson biopic. Inspired by rockabilly and Western swing, Sandy and the Boys are closer to the real thing than the Stray Cats ever were; you might think this lot never listened to a song recorded after 58 that wasnt either genre. Wrong Big Sandy and the lads have actually evolved since their 1993 origins. While not abandoning rockabilly, their palette expanded to include mariachi, Memphis soul, Latin pop, and even a wee touch of folk-rock jangle. Of course, this means nada unless the Boys have the savvy and moxie to go with the style. Forgoing macho swagger, Big Sandy has a boldly smooth vocal style evoking Charlie Rich (a Sun Records grad), Jack Scott, and Roy Orbison, while the Boys have hot-fingered yet judicious musicianship to spare. Get a jump on dispelling those holiday blues.
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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.'"