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
San Francisco Film Society held their Film Society Awards Night at Bimbo's on Tuesday, May 7th. Harrison Ford was in attendance accepting the 2013 Peter J. Owens Award. Photographs by Josh Edelson for SF Weekly.
There are often mini-trends in cinema, as in competing biographies of a single person (your Capotes, your Hitchcocks, your Prefontaines), or multiple movies about large things hitting Earth. This week brings us two different foreign films about old men embarking on a life of crime, the less interesting of which is Reshef Levi's Hunting Elephants. Jonathan (Gil Blanks) is teenager whose father (Tzvika Hadar) dies on the job as a security guard at a bank run by the unctuous Dedi (Moshe Ivgy), who uses a loophole in the fine print to deny the family any insurance compensation, even as he moves in on Jonathan's mother, Dorit (Yael Abecassis). Jonathan begins reconnecting with his estranged grandfather Eliyahu (Sasson Gabai), and along with Eliyahu's friend Nick (Moni Moshonov), they plan to rock Dedi's bank, with the help of Uncle Michael (Patrick Stewart), a flamboyant British stage actor. Unfortunately, this Israeli version of Going in Style's attempts to be edgy — particularly regarding the lustfulness of the elderly men toward a voluptuous nurse (Rotem Zussman-Cohen) — are frequently vulgar without being funny, crossing the line from commenting on sexism to actually being sexist. The only real pleasures in Hunting Elephants come from Stewart's broad performance, playing up to his current dandy persona, but he's not enough to make the film worth tracking down.
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.'"