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.
Look, I'm not going to say Shout! Factory has a crush on Mickey Rourke, 'cuz quite frankly, I don't need to say it. Hot on the heels of their Blu-ray release of Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man comes a "Mickey Rourke Double Feature" of Stuart Rosenberg's 1984 The Pope of Greenwich Village and Michael Cimino's 1990 Desperate Hours, which Shout! Factory is releasing on a double-disc Blu-Ray set on June 2. That's right, each movie is getting its own disc, unlike their recent single-disc double-features of the Breakin', Ghoulies, or Eddie and the Cruisers films, all of which had more extras crammed onto their single discs than these do across two discs (which is to say, nothing but the trailers). And was the Eddie set branded a "Michael Pare Double Feature," or the Breakin' films as a "Michael 'Boogaloo Shrimp' Double Feature?"
They most certainly were not. Shout! Factory and Mickey Rourke, sittin' in a tree…
In The Pope of Greenwich Village, Rourke and Eric Roberts are cousins and born losers in New York who concoct a plan to get rich, a plan that unfortunately involves cracking the safe of the local Mafia kingpin. It's a bad idea by any standard, and worse so because the kingpin in question is played by Burt Young, so, yeah. Temporally sandwiched between 1972's The Godfather and 1990's Goodfellas, The Pope of Greenwich Village is one of those movies that codified that decade's idea of what gangsters and small-time hoods were like.
Though the picture is more closely associated with Shout! Factory's boyfriend Mickey Rourke, Eric Roberts actually gets the most memorable and oft-quoted lines, especially for those of us who first heard it on Mystery Science Theater 3000 in the 1990s.
It's inspired many parodies over the years, both by the Alamo Drafthouse…
…and also just by a couple of dudes, because why not?
Desperate Hours is less fondly remembered, to say the least. In this remake of William Wyler's 1955 hostage drama The Desperate Hours (itself notable for being Humphrey Bogart's second-to-last film, as well as a relic of a time when Hollywood wasn't so afraid of definite articles in movie titles) Rourke plays an escaped convict who holds a family hostage in their home.
In addition to being Heaven's Gate director Michael Cimino's second-to-last movie before his career sputtered to a much-deserved halt, Desperate Hours is most significant when viewed as Anthony Hopkins' last film before Silence of the Lambs turned him into a bona fide movie star in America. Nobody paid it any mind (or, more importantly, any admission) when it was released in October 1990, but it had the good fortune to be released on VHS shortly after Silence of the Lambs hit theaters in February 1991. I was working in a video store at the time, and a lot of people who rented Desperate Hours purely because it had Hannibal Lecter in it, and as the good guy, no less.
But here's the thing: since Shout! Factory clearly wants to have all of Mickey Rourke's babies, there's an important mantle for them to pick up. They make a point of the fact that he was an Oscar nominee for The Wrestler in 2008, but of course the fact that he was a "nominee" rather than a "winner" (like Anthony Hopkins was in 1991, cough cough) means that a great injustice occurred. Some people have attempted to correct that injustice, or at least call attention to it in the most pointless way imaginable: via Facebook groups.
What?!? What?!?! There are only five members spread across three groups that were created and abandoned over six years ago? That's not okay at all. Get to work, Shout! Factory.
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.'"