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
For someone who lives in the downtown corridor — all right, the Tenderloin — the idea of going to Ocean Beach for pizza is rife with potential pratfalls: high Uber fares, lengthy Muni trips, ever-present fog, jet lag.
New York and Los Angeles are sometimes unrecognizable in films noir because A) it was often taken for granted that those movies simply needed a big city as a backdrop, and B) many of those films lacked location photography. San Francisco was rarely used merely as a stand-in for “big city America,” probably because it is instantly recognizable – even if it’s only as a black-and-white, rear-projection backdrop. But San Francisco made an enormous contribution through its appearances in The Maltese Falcon, Dark Passage, The Lineup, The Lady from Shanghai, and a number of others. Today, the city hosts two of the country’s best film noir festivals. The Roxie’s two-week celebration, I Wake Up Dreaming!, begins on Friday and features 30 films. As always, the program will include a handful of beloved classics, such as Criss Cross (1949) and Sweet Smell of Success (1957), both of which star Burt Lancaster in very different roles. The latter is unusual in that the plot does not revolve around a crime — but the story of moral corruption, photography by James Wong Howe, and the nighttime Times Square settings make it as noir as is possible. The festival also includes several obscurities that hover on the fringes of noir. Blues in the Night (1941), starring Priscilla Lane, is based on a Depression-era play by Elia Kazan (who has a small role in the film) about down-on-their-luck musicians. All Through the Night (also 1941) is a Warner Brothers programmer starring none other than Humphrey Bogart. The twist here is that it’s a semi-comic story set in motion when boxing promoter “Gloves” Donahue (Bogart) discovers that the restaurant where he holds court no longer carries the cheesecake he likes. Furious, Donahue is led down a winding path and uncovers a conspiracy hatched by Nazi fifth columnists. It’s terrific, pulpy stuff.
May 10-23, 2013
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.'"