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
Nob Hill Theatre, the all-genders-welcome male strip club, is holding it down on Bush Street, and after several decades of D, it's still S.F.'s only place to see full-frontal guys up close, seven nights a week (for $20).
Some films, like Tommy Wiseaus The Room, hit cult status by the time the first scene trips over itself and tumbles to a close. Others, like The Big Lebowski, take a while to slosh around in the popular consciousness, their lines issuing from more and more mouths until critical mass hits and everyone realizes something miraculous happened when none of us were looking. For Lebowski, that moment was in 2002, two years after the film opened to mixed reviews (an episodic, unstrung film, said the Daily News, not realizing those were strengths), when a midnight screening had to turn away fans. Later that year, the Lebowski Fest was born, with 150 fans muttering The Dude abides and Smokey, my friend, you are entering a world of pain while throwing frames in a Kentucky bowling alley. Since then, the festival has exploded like a bomb, or a White Russian dropped on a rug that really tied the room together if youre not into the whole brevity thing. 2009s Lebowski Fest Speed of Sound Tour spans 12 states, 14 cities, and a little Canada for flavor, with both bowling and film nights at each stop (the Bay Area screening is July 25 at Oakland's Fox Theater). Obey the Walter-like command to dress up, which means yellow sunglasses, cardigans, and blue jumpsuits for the men and pigtails, gladiator sandals, and bowling headdresses for the women.
Fri., July 24, 7:30 p.m., 2009
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.'"