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
Pamela Yates traveled to Guatemala in 1982 to document that country’s civil war. It had gone on for 22 years, and it was nowhere near its end. Military insurgents had just taken a foothold in the country’s government, and they continued the systematic extermination of indigenous Mayans. Rigoberta Menchu lost her father in the war, relating her experience to an anthropologist that same year for the book I, Rigoberta Menchu. Her recollections became the focal point of Yates’ documentary When Mountains Tremble. The war ended in 1996, but Yates’ work with it hasn’t. Granito: How to Nail a Dictator is the sequel to her first film. At the behest of international criminal lawyers hoping to bring charges in Spain against dictator Rios Montt and others, she hopes to use archival footage from her work to bring justice to a country still recovering from 36 years of civil war and genocide. Granito has won numerous international awards, including a nod at 2011’s Sundance Film Festival. On hand is San Francisco-based prosecutor Almudena Bernabeu, who has worked on the genocide case since 2006. The one-night engagement takes place at the Balboa Theatre, one of the city’s last neighborhood moviehouses, which recently announced a financial and programming partnership with a local foundation. Let’s hope tonight’s event illustrates the Balboa’s future.
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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.'"