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
Congratulations. You are officially the most bemusing man in music. We say this because it's been seven years since The College Dropout and we still can't figure out if you're a sly genius or a blinkered buffoon.
Earlier this month, you released Watch The Throne with Jay-Z, and we remembered just how great you could be. We have to also admit that the realization that Jay-Z was willing to spend an entire album's worth of time in the studio with you made us think, once and for all, that you couldn't possibly really be the crazed megalomaniac you so often present to the world. "A man as sensible as Jay-Z wouldn't possibly volunteer for that!" we thought. "So it has been an act all along!" we concluded, happy to finally have the riddle solved.
But no. As is always the case with you, Mr West, the smart has a tendency to be accompanied by a little bit of stupid. You can't, sir, have forgotten about the fact that during her Glastonbury Festival performance in 2008, Amy Winehouse referred to you not once, not twice, but three times as a "cunt" -- and not in that goofy British having-a-laugh kind of way. She meant it. You must remember it because you blogged about it at the time and said "Amy Winehouse Hates Me!!! Now I've Really Made It!!! LOL!!!"
So it seems odd that you would decide to, in the event of her death, start covering Amy's music. At a recent UK festival, The Big Chill, you did renditions of "Back To Black" and "Tears Dry On Their Own", and now Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper is reporting that you are recording your own version of "Back To Black".
We want to believe that your heart is in the right place and the sentiment is sweet. Who knows? Maybe you really do think you're paying tribute to her. But wouldn't it be more appropriate to do what Green Day has reportedly just done, and write an original song for her?
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The fact is, Kanye, even though you said you met Amy at Paris Fashion Week once and that you really liked her, she did repeatedly tell the world she thought you were a cunt. So perhaps it would be more respectful, now she's no longer around to call you a cunt again, to leave her music alone. As talented and creative as you are, you are not going to make any improvements to a song that is already perfect. To even try to carries with it a little bit of disrespect under the circumstances.
This is not the dumbest thing you've ever done (we, MTV, Taylor Swift and the rest of the world all know full well what that was), but it's not your usual level of buffoonery, either. Usually, Kanye, your lack of awareness is hilarious ("Fur pillows are hard to actually sleep on" remains one of our favorite Tweets of all time), but this time, you're leaving us with nothing to smile about at all.
So, congratulations on keeping us confused, and massive congratulations on the new album. But please, Kanye, please leave Amy Winehouse's music alone. We'd all be much obliged.
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.'"