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.
We're only halfway through the year, and while Inside Out and Clouds of Sils Maria have given it a run for its money, Davida and Nathan Zellner's Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter remains my favorite movie of 2015. It's a bleak tale of a lonely, damaged Japanese woman named Kumiko (executive producer Rinko Kikuchi) who travels to Minnesota to find the money buried in the beginning of Fargo. Based on a since-debunked urban legend, Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter played for a week at the Opera Plaza back in March, and has been shown at the Castro at least once (and hopefully will be again many times), and now Anchor Bay released it this week on Blu-Ray, just in time for the Fourth of July!
In addition to getting a cover blurb from Werner Herzog, Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter was edited by a woman named Melba Jodorowsky. Co-director David Zellner has confirmed that she is not related to Alejandro Jodorowsky of El Topo, Dance of Reality, and not-quite-Dune fame, but it's an appropriate surname all the same, though while it lacks the overt surrealism of a Jodorowsky film, Kumiko is a similar sort of spiritual quest.
It's entirely Rinko Kikuchi's picture, as Kumiko travels from one alien world to another — she's as isolated in the crowds of her native Japan than she is in the empty spaces of the frozen Midwest — and desperately seeks a sense of meaning that both worlds seem determined to keep from her. (Come to think of it, though they're about different kinds of psychological trauma, Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter would make a terrific double feature with next week's Felt.) Kumiko's obsession with a battered VHS tape of Fargo also lends the film a sort of J-Horror feel, at least in the early going.
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.'"