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
Of all the pizzas made in North Beach, perhaps none are made as fondly (or with as much flair) as those of pizza maestro Tony Gemignani, owner of Tony's Pizza Napoletana and recent top dog of the World Pizza Championships in Italy.
In one key category revelations per minute the S.F. International Asian American Film Festival has the edge over Frameline and the S.F. International Film Festival among the Bay Areas Big Three movie showcases. Thats to be expected, frankly, for the identity-oriented SFIAAFF program is all about demolishing expectations and exploding stereotypes at every turn. Todays slate serves up one surprise after another, with no less than three world premieres, salutes to forgotten pioneers and spotlights on new ones, and a pull-out-the-stops musical climax. The invaluable documentaries Patsy Mink: Ahead of the Majority and You Dont Know Jack: The Jack Soo Story (by local filmmaker and Public Defender Jeff Adachi) revive the reps, respectively, of the first woman of color in Congress and a relentless, underappreciated actor, while The Mosque in Morgantown follows the fallout when a woman journalist challenges the Islamic patriarchy in a West Virginia college town. Changing the world doesnt have to be all sacrifice and tears; youd be surprised how far a song and a bad attitude will go. Thats the mantra of H.P. Mendoza, the composer and co-star of the much-loved Colma: The Musical, who makes his directorial debut with Fruit Fly, a tune-filled S.F.-set send-up centering on a queer-friendly Filipina-American performance artist with a bevy of iconoclastic, sharp-tongued roommates. Moviegoers with a soft spot for more sentimental (read: romantic) musicals are already lining up for the Bollywood extravaganza Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. This crowd-pleasing fantasy, starring reigning heartthrob Shah Rukh Khan may be the only film all day that delivers exactly what youd expect.
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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.'"