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.
The death of physical media keeps getting deathier: this past April, it was announced that after 20 seasons, Fox would no longer be releasing the full-season sets of The Simpsons on DVD. It’s a too-big-not-to-fail kinda thing, as the people who were still buying every set as it came out weren’t enough to make up for the decline in the DVD market, let the base costs for a juggernaut like The Simpsons. But much farther under the radar, Shout! Factory’s My Little Pony: Friendship Is MagicDVD sets continue along at their steady pace. Most of their quarterly DVD releases haven’t been full seasons, but compilations – like Games Ponies Play, which Shout! Factory just released on DVD — because there have only been four seasons so far. Besides, these first four seasons of Friendship Is Magic have been better than the last 10 seasons of the Simpsons, so it evens out.
The title and cover of Games Ponies Play may be to tie it in with the upcoming My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games feature film, and there’s an implication that this set collects all the episodes of the Equestria Games arc from Seasons 3 and 4, but it doesn’t. Only two episodes, Season 3’s “Games Ponies Play” and Season 4’s “Equestria Games,” are part of that arc, and while they’re the first and last episodes of the arc, they don’t come close to telling the full story. (Also, Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash win silver medals, not gold as shown on the cover. The characters not coming in first in competitions is a recurring theme on the show.)
Indeed, the episode “Games Ponies Play” features no ponies playing games, but rather the characters trying to impress the Equestria Games Inspector into choosing the recently-discovered Crystal Empire as the site of that year’s competition. (Dealing with bureaucracies is another recurring theme on Friendship Is Magic.) And it’s also one of the more experimental episodes of the series, since the beginning and ending don’t actually make any sense unless you’ve already seen the previous episodes, “Just for Sidekicks,” which was only released on the Season 3 set. For that matter, the best episode of the Games arc, “Flight to the Finish,” was burned off earlier this year in the Adventures of the Cutie Mark Crusaders set.
But these budget-priced sets aren’t really meant to tell full stories, and at least the included Season 1 episode “Fall Weather Friends” does involve direct completions between the characters. Not so much the Season 4 episode “Power Ponies,” which I really dislike and will not discuss further. And the final two episodes, “Appleoosa’s Most Wanted” and “The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone,” I can’t speak to because I haven’t seen them yet.
They’re from well into Season 5, which I only started watching last night, since I only just sent off the manuscript for Ponyville Confidential on Tuesday. (You remember me talking about that book in my Cutie Mark Quests article, don’t you? Sure you do.) I hope to get caught up in the next week or so, in time for the video release of My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Friendship Games. And we’ll get to that.
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.'"