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
According to the Entschuldigen Web site, one-man band Hrvatski's new release is a "40-minute 39-second 2-color audio compact disc with black trigger activated disc release mechanism. Each copy [comes] with 1/20 varieties of hand-cut metallic ink cardstock insert [and] laminated 2-color metallic ink sticker." Ha! Give me a fucking break with this prepackaged-art-gallery-artifact routine. Quality packaging is cool and all, but this reads like a preconceived eBay item description. Now, there is nothing more obnoxious, in my humble opinion, than a musician promoting his very own releases like they are ultra-rare and collectible Beanie Babies. (BTW -- Entschuldigen is Hrvatski's label!) Then again, Hrvatski seems like a rather clever dude, and this could be his way of commenting on what it is that's causing me to pull the hair from my head. But, releasing a 41-minute mix of old, worn-out, hyperbreakbeat, glitch-riddled, x-treme techno-whatever in 2004 is not the way to go about it. This music is so, so very late-'90s. File it next to those megastale Kid606 discs everybody dug for, like, a week.