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
To most of us, North Korean cinema, like North Korea itself, is a blank wall. We assume its pure propaganda, generated by a strange clique that portrays itself as gods to its hapless populace. Centre Forward, directed by Pak Chong-song, is a rare example of the real thing. Restored and made available by a travel agency based in Beijing, the drama depicts a would-be soccer player who learns how to subordinate his ego to the benefit of the team. This has been a staple of conformist, militaristic cinema since forever old Hollywood circa World War II was full of movies about wisecracking nonconformists (Jimmy Cagney, John Garfield) learning to take one for their comrades. Evidently this 1978 film, a great success at home, takes this trope to new heights (although there are no wisecracks or humor of any kind). Its highlight comes when its central figure doggedly shoots 100 consecutive goals. This, his coach tells him, is his responsibility to your team and the motherland. More join in: The boys mother tells him that a soccer player should practice so much that he can score a goal with his eyes closed. His grandmother and sister (the latter active in political musical numbers for the regime) pile on as well. Soccer, dances, even a roller-coaster ride its all to benefit the state and of course the Great Leader, Kim Il-sung, who, the coach tells us, taught us to make the country a kingdom of sports. Lets accomplish his teachings by working even harder.
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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.'"