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
Movies about losers ahem, underachievers comprise a delicious yet underrated genre. In films like Big Deal on Madonna Street, The Big Lebowski, Five Easy Pieces, and Knocked Up, adept filmmakers mine humor and pathos from inertia and failure. The latest winning addition to the list is Fine, Totally Fine, Yosuke Fujita's Tokyo-set comedy about turning 30 with nothing to show for it. Part-time groundskeeper Teruo (ace comic actor Yoshiyoshi Arakawa) continually talks about constructing the best haunted house ever (and does zip about it, naturally); Hisanobu (Okada Yoshinori) is a well-liked but hopelessly passive hospital admin. These going-nowhere buddies need someone to set a fire under them. Instead they cross paths with Akari (Kimura Yoshino), a cute, bumbling painter with an astonishing ability to transform routine movements into havoc. Director Fujita, who worked as a hospital janitor for eight years before making his feature debut with Fine, Totally Fine, displays extraordinary empathy and appreciation for those who defer and delay their dreams. His endearing characters stumble through one quietly absurd situation after another, drawing laughs and reminding us that an ordinary life can be a beautiful thing.
Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 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.'"