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.
I'm sure there was a good reason that they landed on simply Maya the Bee Movie as the English title, rather than The Maya the Bee Movie or Maya the Bee: The Movie, but I haven't the foggiest idea what it might be. I don't speak German, but it looks to me like its original title, Die Biene Maja - Der Kinofilm, has the proper number of definite articles. Talk about making your grammatical trains run on time, huh?
Anyway, Maya the Bee[: The] Movie is a pleasant animated film about a young bee (Coco Jack Gillies) who ventures beyond the hive and learns that the world is different than she was told in her harshly regimented society. Also, she's not down with the "Do what you're told without question" thing, at all, and makes friends with a hornet, even though she's been taught that hornets are her mortal enemies.
It's aimed toward very young children, of course, but it won't be a slog for parents to watch. There are some scary moments for a G-rated movie, which just goes to show how much overall tone factors into the ratings system, as well as the typical tendency towards scatological humor, including an encounter with a dung beetle that results in Maya getting run over by a giant ball of shit. For that matter, a character comes very close to saying "You are so full of shit," only to be shushed by his companion before he gets to the s-word. Still, though, a G rating. I'm not complainin', just sayin'.
On the other hand, anything that teaches young children a healthy disrespect for the armed forces is all right in my book. The jokes are as old as the hills, but that's only because they still work.
There's a definite sense throughout that it's not an American production, an as mentioned above, it's actually a German film. (Nina Hagen did a voice in the original version, in fact.) It manages to feel German without being scary — this is the culture that invented Shockheaded Peter, after all, half a century before the first Maya the Bee book was published in the 1910s — and there aren't any songs until 45 minutes in.
Maya herself is a strong character who's brave and confident without even having being a princess or other special figure; she's just a little girl who does her own thing. She also has no particular interest in boys, nor does she need to be rescued by them. She's the one doing the rescuing, hells yeah.
A mild rivalry does develop between Maya's fellow bee Willy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) and a hornet obviously named Sting (Joel Franco) for her attention, and it raises an important question: is there a German word for a hornet cockblocking a bee? Seems like something the Germans would come up with.
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.'"