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
The hottest current thing in the world of tapioca drinks, a.k.a. boba tea (or, as Hillary Clinton recently called them when she tried one in New York, "chewy tea") isn't a crazy new flavor or new way to marinate the root starch balls — it's cotton candy!
Ex-con Jack Abramoff isnt invited to the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, but Bugsy Siegel, Arnold Rothstein, and Louis Lepke Buchalter happily pick up the slack. Each old-school archcriminal is the subject of a vintage Hollywood film revived by guest curator Nancy Fishman in the sidebar Tough Guys: Images of Jewish Gangsters in Film." (These are educational films, see, as a panel of authors and professors explain after Sundays 4 p.m. screening of Lepke.) Malevolently ambitious perps represent just one aspect of Jewish identity on view in the festival, which time-travels from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia (Protektor) through junta-era Argentina (Te Extraño) to contemporary Israel (Jaffa, Bena). This years special guest is Israeli Arab author and satirist Sayed Kashua, in from Jerusalem to accept the fests Freedom of Expression Award. (What, you were expecting Mel Gibson?) Kashua is represented onscreen by the first three episodes of the brand-new second season of his politically attuned sitcom, Arab Labor, and Dorit Zimbalists one-hour portrait, Sayed Kashua Forever Scared. Arguably the most provocative and daring festival on the crowded Bay Area film calendar, the SFJFF always comes down on the side of justice.
July 24-Aug. 9, 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.'"