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
The Tenderloin was set to lose another irreplaceable when the Ha-Ra Club — a low-ceilinged dive of the slummiest reputation, long fallen into neglect, but nevertheless beloved for strong pours, idiosyncratic bartenders, and a long history — was taken over by the crew who run Ace's and Dobbs Ferry.
It’s long been a genre in which budding filmmakers turn to because a profitable film can be made for little money, and more than a few a-listers (Peter Jackson and Sam Raimi, to name but two) have started out making shockfests.
In The Babadook, Amelia (Essie Davis) is a widowed mother whose dysfunctional relationship with her troubled son (Daniel Henshall) may or may not have taken the form of a storybook monster come to life. The most widely-used blurb for the film comes from William Friedkin, director of The Exorcist, and the connection is apt, since The Babadook taps into a vein of family-horror like no film since Friedkin’s.
So, the picture itself is worthy enough on its own merits – listen to it through headphones and with the lights off, if that’s an option – but if you’re so equipped, the Special Edition Blu-ray is the one to get.
Among other things, for a limited time it comes in a swell, thematically appropriate pop-up package:
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But more important are the extras, and as physical media slowly gives way to non-physical media, gods bless the kids at Shout! Factory for keeping the very concept of the DVD/Blu-ray extra alive.
The real score is Jennifer Kent’s short film “Monster,” which establishes the themes of The Babadook, while showing that Kent has always known exactly where to place the camera. And while there’s no commentary track or Making-Of documentary, the various extras paint an interesting look at how the film was put together, including an interview with Essie Davis (among others). It’s clearly made for the Electronic Press Kit, but Davis gets to the essence of the film, shedding light on why it both jangles the nerves and grabs the heart. Check it out.
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.'"