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).
Back in the freewheeling 1970s, Pam Grier was the hottest -- and coolest -- woman in movies. Rough, tough, and occasionally out-of-control scary, she was a fierce force of nature in inner-city revenge flicks such as Coffy (1973) and Foxy Brown (1974). Blaxploitation was lucrative and often funky (check out Curtis Mayfield’s stellar Superfly soundtrack, as well as Isaac Hayes’ more-famous Shaft score) but it wasn’t very respectable, and Grier -- the genre’s one true queen -- did amazingly well to preserve her dignity amid the gun-toting carnage, jive talk, and bare skin. Never one to be underestimated, Grier went on to transcend typecasting and big hair to carve out a four-decade career in front of the camera. Tonight’s tribute, Pam Grier Is Live and in Person!, features an over-the-top musical number staged by drag impresario Peaches Christ, an audience-participation “Soul Mama” costume contest, an anything-goes interview with Grier, and a house-rocking revival of Coffy. Come early (3:20 p.m.) for Quentin Tarantino’s languid, loving crime caper Jackie Brown, an Elmore Leonard adaptation that plays like a grown-up Valentine to its lead actress.
Sat., March 17, 8 p.m., 2012
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.'"