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
There's no secret to helping you focus better — unless you count Adderall — but studies have shown that listening to music before or while performing a task can improve attention, memory, and even your ability to perform mental math.
Colin Tilley's video for Kendrick Lamar's "Alright"
Kendrick Lamar is from Compton, but Colin Tilley, the director of the music video for Lamar's song "Alright" — which was nominated for four MTV Video Music Awards and was performed by the artist at the 2016 Grammy Awards — is Berkeley-born and -raised.
Commissioned by the Eurostar train company as part of the promotional campaign for its new high-speed rail service from London to Paris, Shane Meadowss Somers Town may merit a footnote in film history as the apotheosis of product placement. But whereas Hollywood long ago sold its soul to corporate America, moviegoers can rest assured that Meadows has managed to retain his. Trains actually figure curiously little in Meadowss tale of a spirited Nottingham youth (the wonderful Thomas Turgoose, who was the skinhead initiate in Meadowss previous This Is England) who travels to London with all his worldly possessions on his back, and a Polish teen (newcomer Piotr Jagiello), whose recently divorced dad is one of the laborers building the new Eurostar line. The two boys meet by chance and become fast friends, and, without ever trivializing his characters meager circumstances or resorting to the rags-to-riches fantasy of Slumdog Millionaire, Meadows brings an airy, whimsical tone to their adventures through the titular working-class neighborhood adjacent to the St. Pancras train station. The result is a lovely film about the ability of the imagination to offset the harshness of reality, and the hopefulness -- perhaps earned, perhaps illusory -- that has come with the disappearing borders (and, OK, fast trains) of the new Europe.
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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.'"