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
When the San Francisco Arts Commission wanted someone to dress up City Hall for the building's 100th anniversary last year, and become the structure's first artist-in-residence, it took a leap of faith by choosing Jeremy Fish.
We were starting to think Absolute Beginners was the cinema version of our childhood imaginary friend. The Julien Templedirected 1986 rock musical stars David Bowie and an unprecedented musical and visual style, but was a gigantic box office flop it's been way out of circulation ever since. But thanks to "A Rock 'n' Roll Phantasmagoria,"Absolute Beginners is back. It features Patsy Kensit (now the wife of some famous guy), a great Style Council song ("Have You Ever Had It Blue?"), and the first look the world ever got at Sade. Big deal, you may think; Sade is a staple of adult contemporary radio. That's true, but picture her in a indie-type flick full of diagonal camera angles and hot pink drama lighting, playing a 1950s jazz chanteuse in a tight blue dress with all hell breaking out in the smoke-filled club around her. Once seen, never forgotten trust us. All that and the protagonist is a blatantly antiracist pompadoured teenage photographer who keeps his creepers and tight suits in a converted refrigerator: We're not making it up. Tonight's "Phantasmagoria" double feature is Moulin Rouge (2:15, 7 p.m.) and Absolute Beginners (4:45, 9:30 p.m.), and tomorrow's is the classic rock films Tommy (7 p.m.) and Pink Floyd's The Wall (5, 9:10 p.m.)
Aug. 5-6, 2:15 p.m., 2009
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.'"