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 Womens Film Festival founder and executive director Scarlett Shepard might have yelled, You go, girl! when Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to receive an Academy Award for Best Director last month. But she assuredly did not say, My work here is done. Anointing a queen for a day wont change the gender imbalance in Hollywoods directing ranks, nor should it be allowed to overshadow all the women working in genres other than male-oriented action movies. The festival sticks to its guns with April 7s opening tribute to the crusading East Coast filmmaker Judith Helfand, featuring her powerhouse 1997 first-person doc, A Healthy Baby Girl. (Helfand stays around to lead a master class and a grants workshop Thursday in Berkeley before moderating a panel of local filmmakers.) On the back end, Joan Bradermans The Heretics, a kinetic feature-length history of a pioneering '70s Manhattan feminist art collective, receives its Bay Area premiere April 11. The heart of the five-day program, however, consists of short films including April 10s Lunafest compilation showcasing the talent, themes, and, above all, the voices of the next generation of distaff moviemakers. Their work is just beginning.
April 7-11, 2010
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.'"