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.
The Golden Age of the Eco-Kill genre, in which animals attack humans either due to mysterious mutations or just because they're pissed off, was the 1970s. It would have been even if not for Steven Spielberg's Jaws, which both legitimized and signed the genre's death warrant, since there were just so damn many of them produced, likely because of the loosening in what you could get away with in terms of ickniess onscreen, and the increased hunger for that sort of product at the drive-ins.
In Food of the Gods, the credits for which say it's "Based on a Portion" of the H.G. Wells novel — an accurate but surprisingly honest way to put it, since I'm pretty sure the book was in the public domain by that point — a group of people on a small Canadian island do battle with super-sized animals, from ferret-sized maggots to horse-sized rats. Various effects techniques are used to bring them to life, and while they looked more convincing on a drive-in screen through a windshield or on a crappy VHS tape, the mostly-okay HD transfer allows one to savor director Gordon's work.
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I'd rather see a fake giant rooster that's actually on the set than a fake giant rooster that was added later via pixels. (I've said that before, haven't I? I think it was in my review of Left Behind.) Also, this gives me the excuse I'm always looking for to post one of my favorite frames from 1972's giant-rabbit film, Night of the Lepus.
Frogs came out the same year as Night of the Lepus, and is the the more classical Eco-Kill work: normal-sized animals attack, including but certainly not limited to frogs, though the frogs are set up as the Big Bad. If anything, Frogs' theme of a rich old man who distrusts the natural world foreshadows the roach attack of the "They're Creeping Up On You" segment in Creepshow.
Though Food of the Gods pays off on its promise of ginormous animals, mostly because that was director Bert I. Gordon's primary schtick — some of his past giant-animal-or-person films included The Amazing Colossal Podcast, War of the Colossal Beast, Beginning of the End, and Village of the Giants, all of which were done on Mystery Science Theater 3000, not-coincidentally — Frogs does not feature frogs big enough to swallow a human, or at least a human arm. That was a common poster gimmick for Eco-Kill films; see also the Kingdom of the Spiders, which features only regular-sized spiders, even though the poster implies otherwise.
That said, Frogs the movie does sort of pay off on its poster. In a way. You just gotta make it all the way to the end of the credits. It's not exactly the Avengers eating shawarma, but it's still a pretty good easter egg.
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.'"