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
How often have you pondered the unearthly mystery of a McChicken Sandwich slathered in special sauce? Leave it to low-budget-movie impresario Lloyd Kaufman to delve into the heart of the matter with a cursed tomahawk and come up singing about zombies, chicken fuckers, and suicide bombers. Poultrygeist, the latest offering from Troma Entertainment, strikes an improbable balance between social satire and projectile diarrhea in this tale of young love (a lipstick lesbian and vengeful fast-food employee), bad eating habits (you dont know where that poultry has been), and a Native American graveyard (enter bloodthirsty zombie chickens). While some viewers came close to losing their cookies during the New York premiere this spring (when it came in second only to Iron Man at the box office), most fans were laughing between their upchuck. Between songs such as Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Deep Fried and Slow Fast Food Love, Poultrygeist offers cinematic homages to The Exorcist, Night of the Living Dead, Jaws, and Tromas own Die You Zombie Bastards. For truly devoted Lloyd Kaufman fans, theres even a good eyeful of the directors hairy scrotal sac. But even neophytes (for whom this might be the most disturbing image in the film) will admit: Nothing could come closer to a genetically engineered hybrid of Fast Food Nation, The Singing Detective, and Toxic Avenger.
July 18-24, 7 & 9 p.m., 2008
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.'"