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
Today, Tony Bennett, the man behind the 1962 track "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" — whom we also wrote extensively about in last week's cover story — turns 90. Even if you're not a San Francisco native, surely you know the ditty. It's been estimated that Bennett, who won two Grammy Awards for the track, has sung it in front of audiences at least 8,000 times.
But though "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" might be Bennett's golden egg, it's not his only successful song. Before it, the singer released the orchestral track, "Because Of You," and the jaunty number, "Rags to Riches." And even after "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," the hits kept on coming. There was "Body and Soul," "The Way You Look Tonight," "The Lady is a Tramp," and "Stranger in Paradise," too, to name a few.
Over the years, Bennett hasn't slowed down one bit. His 2011 album Duets II, released in celebration of his 85th birthday, featured duets with a number of big name artists, like Queen Latifah, Willie Nelson, Aretha Franklin, and Lady Gaga. Speaking of Lady Gaga, Bennett and the "Poker Face" singer teamed up again in 2014 to create Cheek to Cheek, an 11-track album of old jazz classics that debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. Bennett has also sang duets with country singer Carrie Underwood and the late Amy Winehouse.
In November, Bennett will release a new memoir, Just Getting Started, and by next year, claims he'll be working on a second album with Lady Gaga that will have "wonderful songs that she and I both like."
During his 65-year career, Bennett has won 19 Grammy Awards and given the world a slew of memorable music. Thank you, Bennett, for all that you have given us, and happy birthday!
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.'"