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
Klezmer party music has been surprising hipsters around here for the past couple of years it's so cool, in a way that traditional music traditionally is not. Biggish-band klezmer jazz sounds such as those made by Zoyres Eastern European Wild Ferment are routinely referred to as "dance music," with good reason; saxophones, clarinets, tuba, trombones, and the drums to take them all on this is loud. At the band's Reunion Show and Sauerkraut Sampling, the musicians show off their other old-is-new-again obsession acid, salt, live cultures, and organic matter, or in other words, fermentation. They've been known to arrive at their concerts bearing kimchi, pickles, beer, wine, and as here, kraut. Is it a metaphor if you can eat it? Zoyres pulls from drum 'n' bass, rock, and folk musics to nourish its overarching devotion to improvisational, John Zornstyle jazz, just as the cabbage joins its spicy brethren in the vinegar mix; your call on the metaphor thing.
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