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 will dispense with the double entendres: Carol Doda, who we lost in November, was a San Francisco hero who will be rightly celebrated and remembered as long as the town she helped create still stands, the torch held aloft along Broadway and kept alight in neon.
Remember when we had it on good authority that the world would end, or Jesus would return, or that there would be some kind of big spirituality-tinged shakeup on Y2K, along with the lights going out and the machines all turning on their masters? Oh, those were the days. That anxiety was represented in many of the films of the time, and while Rupert Wainwright's 1999 Stigmata (which, as they do, Shout! Factory is releasing on Blu-ray on May 19) isn't apocalyptic per se, and in fact harkens back to films from a decade earlier such as the 1998 Seventh Sign and William Peter Blatty's underrated 1990 Exorcist III, it's still very much a product of its millennial era, and not just because of the "Music by Billy Corgan" credit.
Frankie (Patricia Arquette) is an atheist hairdresser with a mostly impeccable fashion sense — she has some jackets that I want very much — who begins to experience stigmata, the crucifixion wounds of Christ, and generally finds that she's losing her shit in a very real way. Father Kiernan (Gabriel Byrne) is dispatched from a wary Vatican to find out the truth. Wackiness, and a Dan Brown-level conspiracy, ensues.
Director Rupert Wainwright had mostly done music videos up to this point, and Stigmata very much that feel to it, but not quite to the point of style overwhelming substance as so often happens with former music video directors (*cough*MICHAELBAY*cough*). He also delivers a thoroughly engaging commentary (ported over from the original MGM DVD release) in which his love for his film shines through, but he also happily talks about all the places it doesn't quite work, and all the ways that the picture had to be altered after early test screenings.
This included having to make Arquette's character more "likable," particularly when those test audiences thought that Frankie was stealing another girl's boyfriend in an early club scene. I can't help thinking that a similar movie in which a male protagonist appears to have scored with someone else's girlfriend might not have had quite as much of an issue, but that's only because sexually promiscuous men are studs, while similarly active women are sluts, and them's the rules.
In addition to a few meh-worthy documentaries about the phenomenon of stigmata — I love history and non-fiction, nothing gets me to dive for the remote faster than the seeing History Channel, mostly because of that aforementioned love for history and non-fiction — plus some deleted scenes and an alternate ending, the other big extra is Natalie Imbruglia's video for "Identify," during the shooting of which you just know Billy Corgan stood off screen, saying, "Higher! Hold your chin up even higher!"
And, for the record, there's nothing Riot-Grrrly about Stigmata. But hey, coming up with rhyming and/or alliterative phrases for these movies ain't always easy.
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.'"