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
Nothing caps off a nice day at the beach like a mouthful of sand — especially if the grit in your teeth is the reward for the grit required to splay flat-out on your stomach, for the prize of a plastic disc in your hand, and all the glory that comes along with it.
Mashing up different world cuisines is usually a popular conceit for new quick-service eateries and food trucks to make a quick buck and gain Instagram fame, but Volta has shown how well global cross-pollination works on a refined plate without stretching for novelty or pretense in the process.
The Criterion Collection calls Alain Resnais' Hiroshima Mon Amour "a cornerstone of the French New Wave." And while it's definitely that (and of a very different New Wave than that in Philippe Mora's Howling II, for the record), I would argue that it's also the archetype of the Arty Foreign Film in the American consciousness, even if most people wouldn't be able to identify it as such. When asked to name an Arty Foreign Film, most people of a certain age would cite Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal — which is less somber, and more flat-out fun than its reputation suggests — but I'd argue that Hiroshima Mon Amour, released on Blu-Ray this week by the Criterion Collection, has more of the texture that we associate with Foreign Artiness.
The story of an affair between a French actress (Emmanuelle Riva) and a Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) while the former is in the still-rebuilding Hiroshima to shoot a film "about peace," Hiroshima Mon Amour is a film about the nature of memory and trauma, and how the past and present intermingle. (They're on very different wavelengths and scales, but watching it again reminded me of Jason Banker and Amy Everson's recent Felt.)
The first 15 minutes of Hiroshima Mon Amour have a kind of documentary tone, particularly with Riva's voiceover against a stream of images from inside and and outside the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, and it just nails that whole "Arty Foreign Film" archetype I was describing before. This is not a bad thing at all, and indeed, it's mesmerizing if you'll let it be. Personally, I could watch the sculpture of an atom composed a mirror ball surrounded by neon lights all day. As near as I can tell, it doesn't exist in real life anymore, but you can see it in action in the above trailer at approximately 1:09.
If someone makes an animated gif of it, I'll love you forever.
This disc is an updating of Criterion's DVD from over a decade ago, and the shiny print is the same as the 4K restoration that played in town in late 2014. It practically goes without saying that the film has never looked this good before, and as my colleague Jonathan Kiefer said in his review last October, Hiroshima Mon Amour "still feels fresh more than half a century after being made."
I couldn't agree more, though I'd also add that it's also very much of its time — the film stock, the architecture, and even the lovely Ms. Riva's simple hairstyle all speak to the late 1950s — and simultaneously timeless. That it can exist in these seemingly contradictory states and still hold its form so perfectly is appropriate for a film so heavily informed by the impact of the atom.
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.'"