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 don't often go out of our way for restrooms, but in the case of Macy's sixth-floor ladies room (sorry guys: you'll just have to make do with having everything else), all who pass through its doors will understand why it's worth the effort.
Not that Mystery Science Theater 3000 ever fully went away. Sure, my favorite television show of all time was canceled in 1999 after a 10-year run of nearly 200 episodes, but those of us who taped it kept watching (and circulating) those tapes, plus there were sporadic video releases, as well as the Cinematic Titanic, Film Crew, and Rifftrax projects by various members of the cast. (Rifftrax is still going strong, and I highly recommend their recent Megaforce riff.) Shout! Factory has also been releasing full sets of the show, and they’re also available in various places online.
But original series creator Joel Hodgson plans to create honest-to-goodness new episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000, and he needs our help on Kickstarter to do it.
Joel’s working to raise a minimum of $2 million to produce three new feature-length episodes of the show. Considering that in a lot of ways it’s starting from scratch, including building new sets and hiring a new cast and crew — that’s an important detail, that it would be entirely new people in front of the cameras — plus getting the rights to the movies in perpetuity, that’s not a bad deal for what will prove to be upwards of 270 minutes of new content. And if more millions can be raised, there will be more content:
Math is power!
The why of it is that there’s still plenty of bad movies left to riff, and lots of people who would like to see MST3K riff ‘em. No argument there. (Quite coincidentally, I’m currently in talks to bring my movie-riffing show Bad Movie Night, which I ended after its own 10-year run at The Dark Room this past March, to next year’s SF IndieFest, and possibly to return as a monthly concern after that.)
Something that makes me happy about Joel’s campaign to revive the show is that he doesn’t pretend Mystery Science Theater 3000 somehow ceased to exist after he left in 1993 and Mike Nelson replaced him as the host. For many years after, there was a "Mike vs. Joel" war among many online fans that even rivaled "Kirk vs. Picard" in sheer pointlessness. From the very start, the internet was full of pointless anger.
Anyway, here’s Joel’s joke about what will happen if they raise $1 billion:
Finally, if we raise $1 BILLION — stay with me on this one — we’re going to adopt a real live teenage boy and “Truman Show” him into believing he is the Pumaman!
The Pumaman was an episode from 1998, long after Joel left the show! That warms my ecumenical heart.
“Keep Circulating the URL" is Joel’s repurposing the phrase “Keep Circulating the Tapes,” which used to appear in the closing credits during the early years to encourage fans to trade recordings of the show for people who didn’t receive Comedy Central, at least until the producers’ lawyers made them stop.
Not to brag about my MST3K fan bona fides or anything, but I included that same exhortation in the closing credits of my cable access show kittypr0n from 2002-2003.
So give early — before the Kickstarter ends on Dec. 11, preferably — give often, and let’s bring Mystery Science Theater 3000 back already.
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.'"