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 high-concept ad campaign for the 1960s deodorant Hai Karate spoofed Western spy movies and Eastern martial arts to ludicrous but memorable effect. Some mighty clever young guns worked on Madison Ave., or so the average TV viewer assumed. Until several years later, that is, when Seijun Suzukis heady 60s gangster films belatedly reached these shores and it turned out that the Japanese had devoted a lot of energy and skill over a lot of years to producing an entire genre of crime flicks. (Damn those ad-agency rip-off artists!) The venerable Nikkatsu studio made some of the most successful action pictures, and a jolting half-dozen with irresistible titles like A Colt Is My Passport and Gangster VIP unspool in the high-energy weekend series No Borders, No Limits. These films were plainly influenced by the American shoot-em-ups that flooded the nations theaters in the 50s, but they had a geometric precision, stylized austerity, and emotional restraint that was distinctly Japanese. With their iconic themes of loyalty, responsibility, honor, and betrayal, the Nikkatsu pictures can also be seen as precursors of the ultra-kinetic Hong Kong action films of the 80s. Originality is a myth, in other words; its all about execution.
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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.'"