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
Well, it was terrible, of course; the question is really whether yesterday's Super Bowl Halftime show was inappropriately awful or expectedly so. To help you sort through it, we've divided up the goings-on based on whether they met or exceeded our minimal expectations for crumminess. Feel free to disagree, but please do so humorously and in the comments section below.
The sound: The vocalists all started about 10 times louder or quieter than their backing tracks, but what can you expect when you're putting on a concert in half-an-hour in the middle of a working football field?
The outfits: Watching the Peas' cheesy spacesuits felt like finally living in the 2011 we dreamed about back in, like, '97. Even their drop-down entrance (especially that initial top-down shot) was cool. But can we please have a hoverboard already?
Usher and His Posse: In keeping with the futuristic theme of the night, they arrived dressed in white suits, looking way better than anything else (except for maybe the marching bands). So maybe he lip-synched much of it (or so it seemed, anyway) -- somehow, "OMG" felt really good right then, anyway.
The various blocks of stage: Looked really cool when it seemed like they were just giant, glowing, space-age puzzle pieces.
The Peas' shouty-ness: It was bad enough your mic was turned up so loud, Wil.i.am -- the least you could have done was actually sing into it.
Slash: Instead of a person, Slash is now just a living symbol for all the excessiveness and semiotic fucking that is The Guitar Solo. Insert him here to win the approval of rock fans. Ugh. Dude should just start a pawn shop or a brand of tequila already.
Fergie on Slash: Bad enough that the awkward Peas' singer had to slither all over Mr. Nosering himself. When she started singing "Sweet Child O' Mine," affecting an Axl Rose wail, our ears begged for the mute button.
The various pieces of stage coming together to spell "Love": Really tried our tolerance for cheesiness. But it was somewhat redeemed by the megaspectacle of the glowing dancers spread all around it.
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.'"