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
A Sunday evening screening of the classic chiller The Bad Seed (1956) will serve as the centerpiece for Mid-Century Eclectic, a festival of art house classics playing at the Roxie, May 13-16 Patty McCormack, who scored an Oscar nomination as the film's 9-year-old serial killer, will appear at the Roxie after the Sunday showing.
"It's hard to say something new about the film," McCormack told SF Weekly. The actress, who's portrayed dozens of roles since, is still asked about her signature role regularly.
McCormack recalls that as a child she didn't fully comprehend the significance of her Oscar nomination. "I didn't understand it the way I do now," she said. "My point of view was that of a kid. My thoughts were child-like. My thoughts at the time were that I'd rather be somewhere else."
Yet she remains quite fond of the film, which guarantees her place in the canon of film history. The role, and her nomination, enabled her to earn a living as an actress, which continues to be her profession six decades later.
"I love what I do," she said. "It's a part of me. I'd miss it if it went away."
She admits to a fondness for independent films, and has appeared in a number of them "They're fun," she said. "You feel like you're still cooking. As you go into a different age you become available for different things."
McCormack certainly cooked in The Bad Seed, a film that's considered a hybrid of horror films and film noir. Her performance as Rhoda, the seemingly adorable little girl with pigtails that masked her evil nature, continues to terrify audiences. At the time of it's initial release, Warner Brothers tagged the film with an "Adults Only" rating.
Other troubled kids will be on view in Mid-Century Eclectic.In the wildly bizarre Rapture(1965) a teenage girl falls in love with an escaped convict (Dean Stockwell) who she thinks is her scarecrow come to life. Rene Clements Forbidden Games(1952) features children who escape the horrors of World War II via a fantasy world.
Troubled adults will also be on view in Mid-Century Eclectic. In 1960's The Savage Eye, Barbara Baxley stars as a woman engaged in bizarre conversations with her conscience (Gary Merrill). A total of twelve wildly original films will be shown, and not a sequel or a remake among them.
"When we did it there was nothing like it at the time," McCormack said of The Bad Seed. "It couldn't be redone today because we used the culture of that time."
McCormack's words could easily apply to the entire festival. The full schedule for Mid-Century Eclectic can be seen here.
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.'"