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
We don't often go out of our way for restrooms, but in the case of Macy's sixth-floor ladies room (sorry guys: you'll just have to make do with having everything else), all who pass through its doors will understand why it's worth the effort.
For most people these days, the name "Steve McQueen" refers to the British-born, Oscar-winning director of 2013’s 12 Years a Slave, and as well it should. For some, it's also the (incorrect) answer to the question, "Who is Bart Simpson's hero?"
Jeff Renfroe's 2014 documentary I Am Steve McQueen, which Shout! Factory is releasing on Blu-ray on April 14, is a flashy but shallow look at the life of the large-faced gentleman on the cover (Homer Simpson's hero, not Bart's, by the way). He was a tremendous movie star in the late 1960s and early 1970s, but has fallen into the memory hole since his untimely death at the age of 50 in 1980.
As is perhaps to be expected for a documentary with the Spike TV stamp, I Am Steve McQueen plays up the badassery of his persona, both onscreen and off. Pierce Brosnan, Gary Oldman, and some people who you probably only know if you watch Spike speak glowingly of him, and though there's plenty of footage from his films and some archival interviews, it never feels like the personal document the title suggests, and a more appropriate title might have been This Is Who Steve McQueen Was To Us; as the saying goes, the legend is being printed, not the fact. But it's a swell legend. (Testify, Sheryl! And pick better thumbnails, SherylCrowVEVO channel on YouTube!)
McQueen is praised endlessly for a being a pussyhound with a taste for fast cars. The first of his three wives, Neile Adams, puts it bluntly: "Speed, machinery, were his balls." Regarding his infidelities in the 1960s, she says, "There was free love and free everything, and sometimes he would come to me and say, 'Why do I have to work for love at home when I can get it for free outside?'" This is presented as just another facet of his bad-boy personality, and she seems to have forgiven him for that — or at least come to terms with it — and I know those were different times, but yeesh, what a dick move.
McQueen did love cars and other motor vehicles, and the picture spends a lot of its 93-minutes time on his gearheadery. Like, a lot. Hell, one of the extras is the 15-minute "McQueen's Garage," which is pretty much what it sounds like. But as a result, certain elements of his filmography are skipped over, like the 1969 comedy The Reivers, about men that went insane at the edge of space and became savages a fanciful road trip between Jefferson and Memphis in 1912 based on William Faulkner's novel. Even more notable is the skipping-over of what was arguably his final passion project: An Enemy of the People, based on a Henrik Ibsen's play, in which McQueen tried to shed his tough-guy image.
But that's not what I Am Steve McQueen is all about, and as a primer for a largely forgotten action hero, it does its job.
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.'"