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
Mashing up different world cuisines is usually a popular conceit for new quick-service eateries and food trucks to make a quick buck and gain Instagram fame, but Volta has shown how well global cross-pollination works on a refined plate without stretching for novelty or pretense in the process.
An inconspicuous doorway off Valencia Street leads to a treasure trove of zines and 10,000-plus hours of sound and video recordings from the 1960s to the 1990s, all charting the progressive history of the Bay and its effect on global radical movements.
Molly Ringwald is 41 and has three kids. Let that sink in for a second. The winsome waif who exploded as a teen icon in the mid-'80s and made the cover of Time is a full-fledged adult. Get depressed or get nostalgic: It's your choice. Film Night in the Park encourages the latter with an outdoor screening of 1986s Pretty in Pink, the capper of John Hughes' poignant high school trilogy. From embarrassed innocence in Sixteen Candles to spoiled snottiness in The Breakfast Club to reluctant maturity in Pretty in Pink, Ringwald endearingly channeled the aspirations and insecurities of countless suburban adolescents. Playing the girl from the proverbial wrong side of the tracks in Pink, she takes a stab at romance with a too-perfect rich kid (Andrew McCarthy). Jon Cryer and James Spader etch memorable supporting characters, while the New Wave haircuts and clothes provide comic relief. Although Ringwald was never able to parlay her trio of zeitgeist roles into adult stardom, she has worked steadily in the ensuing years, and likely has fonder memories of high school than you do. On a grittier note, the next local offering in the series is On the Waterfront (featuring Karl Malden opposite Marlon Brando) in Union Square on Aug. 22. Then The Dark Knight sends a chill through Dolores Park (Sept. 19) before Slumdog Millionaire closes the season in Washington Square Park (Oct. 3). Steer clear of the Porta-Potties.
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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.'"