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
Pour one out for one of the all-time greats of soul music, self-proclaimed King of Rock 'n' Soul Solomon Burke, who died yesterday in the Netherlands, according to CNN and others.
Burke, 70, died of natural causes early Sunday morning on a plane at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport, according to the AP. He was to perform a sold-out show there in a converted church.
A huge man with a huge, powerful voice, Burke helped refine the mix of gospel, country, and pop that became 1960s soul. His singing and songwriting talents earn him a spot in the genre's pantheon next to legends like Otis Redding and James Brown, but Burke never had a Top 20 hit.
The onetime preacher, licensed mortician, and Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famer only won his first Grammy in 2002, with the comeback album "Don't Give Up On Me," which was released by the blues/indie-rock label Fat Possum.
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Burke in Los Angeles in 2008
One of Burke's best songs, "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love," was covered by the Rolling Stones and by actors Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers. He also wrote and sang the hit "Cry To Me," which ran up the charts again in 1987, 25 years after its original release, after it was used in the 1987 Patrick Swayze film Dirty Dancing.
Burke's "Got to Get You off My Mind" played a key role in Nick Hornby's classic (for music nerds, anyway) novel High Fidelity, sparking the relationship between the main character, Rob, and his girlfriend Laura. (The song wasn't mentioned in the film adaptation, although Burke was referred to in several places.)
Never remunerated or widely known the way some of his peers in '60s soul were, Burke continued to perform live until the end of his life. In later years, he belted his room-shaking songs while seated in a giant red throne onstage.
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We'd love to hear any memories you have of the man and his music in the comments section.
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.'"