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
R.I.P. Adam Yauch, the Beastie Boys' Visual and Humanitarian Genius
By Dan Weiss
on Fri, May 4, 2012 at 1:54 PM
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Adam Yauch, the musician and filmmaker best known as Beastie Boys member MCA, died today of the cancer he was diagnosed with in 2009. Yauch was 47.
It's so easy to underrate the Beastie Boys, in part because nobody did what they did, and for so long. From fighting for their right to party to fighting for human rights, the evolution of MCA, Mike D, and Ad-rock was shocking and heartwarming. Prank-calling hardcore Brooklyn kids who almost
named the world's first chart-topping rap album Don't Be a Fag, the three musicians grew into major advocates against bigotry and violence who spent two un-booed, uninterrupted minutes explaining their disapproval of our country's Middle East invasion at the 1998 VMAs (Courtesy of Yauch, by the way).
"(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)"
"So Whatcha Want" (directed by Yauch as Nathanial Hörnblowér)
One of the most commercially successful and critically respected bands of all time, the Beasties grew up in public and represented pre-gangsta bad-boy-ism in hip-hop as well as pioneering the idea of playing instruments and rapping at the same time. They stripped hair-metal of its indulgences to deliver nothing but the most effectively simple riffing on what thankfully came to be known as Licensed to Ill. They beat Beck and DJ Shadow to funky sample
collages with Paul's Boutique by about seven years, and worked
with contemporaries from Q-Tip to Nas. You'd be hard-pressed to think of a
rapper who disliked them, despite rap's intolerance for
irreverence and the pre-Eminem inability of most white rappers to get
respect. This may be in part to the Beastie's ultra-barking New York voices never
having attempted to sound like anything but the mischievous Jewish boys they were.
overlooked might be how, of all their '80s rock peers other than U2 and R.E.M., the Beasties continued to
have video hits into the '90s. (Although latter-day Beasties faves like "Sabotage" and
"Intergalactic" were a lot more popular and integral to their legacy than say,
"What's the Frequency, Kenneth?") Few bands reach the 30-year mark in the
limelight, and much fewer rappers. No other artist did it in
costumes and fake mustaches with silly rhymes like, "I'll stir-fry you in my
"Intergalactic" (directed by Yauch as Nathanial Hörnblowér)
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.'"