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.
Back in July, Shout! Factory released Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXIII on DVD. Therefore, it goes without saying that next up on their MST3K slate, they're releasing Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume I — featuring the movies Catalina Caper, The Creeping Terror, Bloodlust, and The Skydivers, all from different eras of the show — on September 1. Math is power! Also, huh?
Here's why Volume 1 is following Volume 33: Rhino started releasing these MST3K DVD box sets back in to 2002, starting with (wait for it) Volume 1. They made it up through Volume 12 (or technically Volume 10.2, but that's a whole 'nother mess). Shout! Factory, which had been formed by two of Rhino's co-founders, took things over, and they've been releasing them since 2008. The upshot is that Volume 1 is now long out of print, so they're re-releasing it at retail prices rather than eBay prices. In fact, and this is totally true, up until recently the only copies available were the rips I made several years ago:
Notice that I got a whole two DVDs in before I decided to stop being a purist and abbreviate the title! By my standards, that's pretty fast.
One of the nice things about Shout! Factory's MST3K releases has been that their covers are far less terrible than Rhino's. An argument could be made that Shout! Factory's are a bit too far on the utilitarian side, but they're minimalist artworks compared to Rhino's attempts to be clever. Hence, the original artwork for Volume 1:
And they just got worse from there. Granted, they were never quite as horrible as Rhino's VHS covers, in which people who had no business trying to write riffs attempted to be funny. It was not successful, and they screwed up the Manos: The Hands of Fate cover something fierce.
What? No. Ugh. Stop doing that! Thankfully, they did stop doing that, but holy cow. Nothing about that cover would make someone unfamiliar with the show want to give it a try, and for those of us who are already fans (and probably know the episode by heart), it's a kick in the urethra.
In any event, it's good to have these episodes available f'reals again, and the always-reliable Ballyhoo Motion Pictures has included a documentary on Crown International Pictures, the company that originally released these four films to the theaters. None of them rank among my favorite episodes, but they all have their charms, especially The Creeping Terror; in addition to being a stunningly incompetent film, it, Bloodlust, and The Skydivers all hail from the period when MST3K was experimenting with longer, almost Dada-esque host segments where very little happens. I'm not sure if they were ever very funny to anyone else, but they always cracked me up.
Indeed, "I'm not sure if they were ever very funny to anyone else, but they always cracked me up" pretty much describes being a Mystery Science Theater 3000 fan. Join us.
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.'"