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 were recording at night and it was freezing sometimes. We had big gas heaters heating up the drum room so Lars wouldn't catch a cold. That studio is now somebody's apartment, by the way. Somebody's living room is where Lars actually sat and recorded Ride the Lightning." Flemming Rasmussen, production assistant for Metallica's Ride The Lightning album, on the harsh conditions the metal classic was recorded in. (Rolling Stone)
“You couldn’t have big, fluffy long hair. You had to have fucked up shorter hair and a plaid shirt. You couldn’t be walking around the gas station in spandex anymore.” Mike D on the death of hair metal, thanks to grunge. (Vanity Fair)
"It’s just one of those days you throw a split-fingered fastball to Santa Claus.” Jack White threw out the first pitch at a Detroit Tigers "Christmas in July"-themed ballgame. (Detroit Free Press)
"We just did it for the camera, yo. We wasn't really scared." That's funny because DMX looks pretty terrified on this amusement park slingshot ride (TMZ):
"I saw it at the O2 in London, and I'm not exaggerating when I say it's one of the best shows that I've seen in years. It's up there with an Oasis show or The Stone Roses or something." Lily Allen thinks that Miley Cyrus is like The Stone Roses. (Billboard)
"I read that you breed dogs and want to name your next litter of Labrador retrievers after your fave Oasis songs. I wish you wouldn't do that... please don't produce any more litters. You can be a rock'n'roll star for dogs by spaying and neutering your Labrador retrievers and promoting adoption instead." Noel Gallagher's 14-year-old daughter doesn't want an Oasis fan to breed dogs anymore. (NME)
"Police say several onlookers videotaped or took photos of the incident, some of which have been obtained by investigators for evidence. The incident was stopped only after a woman intervened and asked the girl if she was consenting. When the girl said no, the woman allegedly pulled the suspect off the girl, according to police." A 17-year-old girl was allegedly raped at a Keith Urban concert in Massachusetts.Major bummer. (The Sun Chronicle)
"What is going on in America? I know from my own experience how slanted your news is, and how little you get to hear about the other side of this story. But — for Christ's sake! — it's not that hard to find out. Why does America continue its blind support of this one-sided exercise in ethnic cleansing? WHY?" David Byrne just published a letter on his website, from Brian Eno, about the Israel-Palestine conflict, and it's pretty sobering. (David Byrne)
"People are always wanting to make it a story of me being a homewrecker and trying to take someone's kids. They take the love I have for my family and twist it around in some weird, sick way." Maybe LeAnn Rimes wouldn't be called a homewrecker so much if she didn't keep bringing it up all the time... (People Magazine)
And finally, these are just some of the wigs Lady Gaga wears when hitting the studio with Tony Bennett:
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.'"