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
Thai chef Kasem "Pop" Saengsawang owns several solid restaurants in San Francisco, including the breakfast-centric Sweet Maple and the Asian fusion spot Kitchen Story, but his newest project Farmhouse Kitchen is the one to miss at your peril.
Behind the buzz: Berkeleyites transplanted to the no-neck wilds of Brooklyn, The Morning Benders scored in '08 with an impressive debut full-length Talking Through Tin Cans, went on to tour with the flashpan likes of Ra Ra Riot and Death Cab for Cutie, and lent this very tune (the original version) to an ad for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Among these emoluments of indie-rock stardom, they can now add having this highlight off the February album Big Echo album given a cosmos-huffing makeover by none other than NYC electronic duo The Golden Filter.
Psychoactive verdict: Here we find the original's Wall of Sound virtues getting a stylish candyflip makeover. The darkly romantic dancefloor fantasias on the Filters' Voluspa are indifferent preparation for this drop-dead disco rewiring. The track opens with a devil's choir chanting diabolical "la-la's," yielding to a stalwart dance thump as lyrics are read with blank affect. Chilly synth lines put the melancholy tune into cybernetic deep freeze. The whole production has a gorgeous surface sheen reminiscent of a late 1970s Salsoul 12-inch, only with the brassy Gotham elegance of that era swapped out for something chillier and contemporary. The Fire O.G. strain imparts a nice sense of detachment, like you're just another pallid wallflower at the Vampire's Ball, watching the dancefloor carnage from a fastidious distance.
The part where you know you're high: The eerie "We'll still be best friends" chant going up in a brief Sgt. Pepper's-force maelstrom.
The part where you wish you were higher: Just after, when the giggling starts.
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.'"