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.
I've never been to Florida, but I'm forever fascinated by their film industry. It's where Herschell Gordon Lewis shot most of his classics, like Blood Feast and Color Me Blood Red, and where Jerry Lewis's career went to die with Hardly Working. Or, more accurately, where it rose from the dead after a decade, and was put back down swiftly enough. Movies made in Florida just have a certain unmistakable quality to them, perhaps because nobody shoots in Florida if they can afford to shoot elsewhere, and it's a vibe that would be impossible to miss even if it was set in a single room. And William Wesley's 1988 horror flick Scarecrows, which Shout! Factory is releasing on Blu-Ray on June 2, has that Florida feeling in spades.
By the way, the single most Florida-riffic movie ever made is Doris Wishman's 1961's Nude on the Moon. Let's enjoy it now before we continue on with Scarecrows! (NSFW due to Kennedy-era toplessness, but whatevs.)
Anyway, the premise of Scarecrows writes itself: evil scarecrows kill people. Whaddaya need, a roadmap?
It's a decently shot, micro-budgeted horror movie with impressive gore effects by a teenaged Norman Cabrera, and cinematography by Peter Deming, who would go on to lens Lost Highway, Mulholland Dr., and The Cabin in the Woods. According to Cabrera in an interview, it was specifically filmed in Davie, Florida near the Everglades, in a mosquito-infested swamp near the charmingly-named Alligator Alley.
Meanwhile, in the commentary, the amiable director Wisher discusses, among other things, how he went to the UCLA archive to watch prints of movies like Stagecoach and Rear Window to get a sense of how to shoot a narrative film. John Ford and/or Alfred Hitchcock this ain't, but it's clear that people on both side of the camera were trying to make an entertaining film, and they succeeded, if it's your kinda thing.
Scarecrows has a cult, as most straight-to-video horror films from the late 1980s do (that was the most fertile time for cult-making, I'd argue), but isn't especially well-respected these days. How not especially well-respected? This is what you get when you type it into the IMDB:
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.'"