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
So does this kill our Outside Lands prediction? Buffalo Springfield, the seminal California folk-rock band that helped launched the careers of Neil Young and Steven Stills, plans to tour this summer, after a one-off reunion show last fall at Young's Bridge School Benefit here in the Bay Area. For those of you not well-versed in the annals of L.A. folkie history, Buffalo Springfield is that band that plays that song called "For What It's Worth," which you might remember from that scene in Forrest Gump where he's in Vietnam and it's raining really hard and then it stops and then they get attacked and Bubba dies. Or you might just know, because it's an important band and because Neil Young is god and stuff. But anyway.
Buffalo Springfield hasn't toured in 43 years, but it's playing two nights at the Fox Theater in Oakland this June 1 and 2, and then four more Southern California dates before performing at this year's Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee. Presale tickets go on sale here tomorrow, and the regular sales begin April 3.
We've predicted that Buffalo Springfield might play Outside Lands this year, filling that "old legends" spot that Grateful Dead redux Futhur did last year. We're going to hold onto that prediction, even though the band is playing about a month earlier in the Bay Area. Tickets for these Oakland shows are pretty pricey -- they will start, yes, start, at $85, and go up to $200 -- and the fact that Buffalo's on the Bonnaroo lineup indicates it could be a hot item on the summer festival circuit this year. But we'll just have to see. (And if you're reading this and booking them, Outside Lands folks, could you please talk Neil Young into playing a solo set as well?)
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.'"