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
We don't really see the point in trying to be clever about this: Here's your chance to go to a barbecue with E-40. This Saturday, April 23, at True East in Walnut Creek, Earl Fortywater is joining forces with True and Undrcrwn to fête the release of his latest installments in the Revenue Retrievin' series, Overnight Shift and Graveyard Shift. In addition to the albums, you can pick up a mega-limited-supply T-shirt (that comes in a novelty baseball card wrapper, if you're into that kind of thing) and an ultra-limited-supply snapback hat. See video below.
The time of the event hasn't been disclosed yet, but stay tuned to the Undrcrwn blog -- and download a pretty fresh-looking summertime mix courtesy of DJ Jazzy Jeff and Mick Boogie while you're at it -- for details. Will Earl T-Shirt perform? Probably not: The flyer promises only an "E-40 appearance." But there'll be a live DJ, and barbecued meats, and all the loose-fitting urban fashions your carefully retrieved revenue can buy. Sounds worth a trip to Walnut Creek to us. Now watch the "Automatic" video again and try to amuse yourself until Saturday.
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.'"