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
Neorealism never went out of style; it just keeps gravitating from country to developing country. The latest stop is Kashmir, in which a cunning teenager and a woman educated at an American university chafe at their limited freedom and opportunities in Zero Bridge (screening Nov. 8). Recently nominated for Best Film Not Playing Near You in the Gotham Independent Film Awards, East Bay director Tariq Tapas acutely observed and cannily shot drama plays very near you this very weekend at 3rd is annual San Francisco International South Asian Film Festival. Another below-the-radar gem is Iron Eaters (Nov. 8), Shaheen Dill-Riazs harrowing portrait of men doing the nasty, dangerous work of taking apart big ships in Bangladesh. Spectacle of an altogether different sort propels My Heart Goes Hooray! (Dil Bole Hadippa!) (Nov. 7), the fests requisite Bollywood blowout. Veering from docs to farce to drama and from Bombay to Vancouver to London to Delhi 3rd I reflects the vibrant complexity of a vast population in a single peripatetic weekend. This seventh annual edition confirms that the organization has transformed a seemingly impossible mission into a neo-realistic one.
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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.'"