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
In the carnivalesque early days of movie exhibition, a locomotive steaming toward the camera was sufficient to send patrons stampeding to the back of the theater. But the noise machine-slash-mode of transportation best served by the sturm und drang of the cinema, as Francis Ford Coppola balletically demonstrated decades later, is the helicopter. Apocalypse Now notwithstanding, the high-water mark of chopper celluloid is the 1983 paranoid surveillance flick Blue Thunder. Directed by unmitigated hack John Badham, whose career high point (so to speak) was Saturday Night Fever and whos been relegated to helming episodes of lame TV series for the past decade, the sky-slashing, L.A.-set action pic leads off the Third Annual 70mm Film Festival. Roy Scheider plays a former Vietnam pilot with PTSD whos now an LA cop (go figure). Naturally, hes the perfect guy to be handed the controls of a state-of-the-art, armed and armored, crowd-dispersing military chopper. Never mind the hows or whys of the hole-filled plot, just strap yourself in with a cup of java for the lengthy, vertiginous dogfights over Los Angeles.
The fest also screens Little Shop of Horrors, TRON, Brainstorm, Lawrence of Arabia, The Wild Bunch, and Playtime.
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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.'"