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
Pickup basketball is a weird social phenomenon where a bunch of strangers meet at a designated spot during a designated time to engage in an athletic competition governed by de facto rules established in some mythic rulebook.
If you were in the vicinity of Dolores Park on Saturday night, you may have noticed a bunch of people braving crappy weather to watch 1984 teen classic, Sixteen Candles in the park. The screening was no accident -- today marks the three-year anniversary of the sadly premature death of director John Hughes: a man who captured more teenage angst and joy and romance on film than any other movie maker in history.
Sure, Hughes made a career out of well-rounded comedies and family movies (see: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Home Alone, Uncle Buck, and the National Lampoon's Vacation series) but he'll be remembered most fondly for the way he acutely understood what made the American teenager tick -- their needs, their wants, their oft-painful (but still party-ridden) transition into adulthood, and the perils of the time. So, in his honor, we're going to take a look back on John Hughes' top five greatest teen movie moments.
5. Weird Science
Not a feminist favorite, granted, but Weird Science is so completely ridiculous from start to finish that it's difficult to get mad about. Kelly LeBrock is Lisa: every teenage boy's fantasy and created from scratch by two nerds in a bedroom wearing jock straps on their heads. She teaches them how to be cool and reckless, she takes showers with them, she takes on parents on their behalf and she takes them out to bars. Of course it's hugely offensive, but it captures 1985 frivolity and teen boy fantasies so humorously, we still love this.
4. Sixteen Candles The first of John Hughes' truly exceptional teen movies came in 1984 -- a time so politically incorrect, a movie about a girl having her 16th birthday forgotten by everyone around her could feature nudity, offensive portrayals of Asians, teen girl underwear removal, non-judgmental underage intoxication, and a fair amount of cursing (including the 'F' word). Molly Ringwald is charming in the lead role as Sam, John and Joan Cusack make very funny, very-youthful appearances, and Michael Schoeffling as Jake Ryan remains a teen dream. If Weird Science is the ultimate teen boy fantasy, then the end of this is the ultimate teen girl one.
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.'"