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
Earlier this month, influential hip-hop legends Wu-Tang Clan released 8 Diagrams, its first full-length in seven years. The group has demonstrated a rare and remarkable staying power in a fickle pop-music landscape, despite a paucity of releases and live dates over the last several years. It's largely because Wu-Tang still fills a void for quality and creativity. Leaks, bootlegs, and downloads will likely prevent this, the fifth studio album, from reaching the multiplatinum heights of the first two records, which came out in the go-go 1990s, when disposable incomes were at their highest. There are no instant anthems on 8 Diagrams on the order of sinister yet infectious Wu classics like "C.R.E.A.M. (Cash Rules Everything Around Me)." Yet the album finds producer and MC RZA and compatriots GZA, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Inspektah Deck, Raekwon, U-God, Masta Killa, and Cappadonnaand even the late, great Ol' Dirty Bastard, who passed three years agodisplaying top-notch lyrical dexterity and delivery. This dynamic will truly come alive when the members of the mighty Wu feed off each other on stage, offering up these new and past favorite songs.
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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.'"