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
From what we heard, this was because a subwoofer (the big bass speaker) went out in the house P.A., delaying the start of the show by more than an hour, and ultimately causing us, because of Bart schedules, to miss headliner No Age. Bummer.
But alas. Here's a roundup of what we saw in video.
The thickening crowd stood around and waited during what should have been opener Lucky Dragons' set. What appeared to be a replacement speaker arrived about 10 p.m. -- an hour after the opener was supposed to start. Luke Fischbeck, the man behind Lucky Dragons, had arranged his laptop, a small mixer, and some gadgets on the floor in front of the stage. As he began dispensing ribbons of warm, abstract tones throughout the room, most in front sat down on the floor. Several in the crowd reacted badly to this. One girl I was standing next to cussed under her breath, told her friend "nothing's going to happen," and walked off.
Soon Fischbeck clicked a button on one of his gadgets, which turned out to be an LCD projector. He passed out CDs to those sitting near it, who then waved them in front of the light blast. This caused small rainbow shrapnel to shoot throughout the room, and seemed to catch people's attention:
Fischbeck had already handed out a thumb piano and some shaking sticks to the audience; soon he passed out a microphone:
Towards the end of the set, when the music began to quiet down, I realized that the CD reflections made by the light were affecting the sounds emanating from the Parish's now-omnipotent P.A. This video shows it best:
After Lucky Dragons' set, locals the Fresh & Onlys played. The crowd, although somewhat interested in Lucky Dragons, seemed glad to have a more traditional rock band playing on stage.
So how was No Age? Tell us how the rest of the show went 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.'"