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
Presumably you noticed the gaping void in last months movie listings, between New Years Day and late Januarys Noir City, where Berlin & Beyond had reigned for years. For reasons too painful and murky to mention, the Goethe-Institut shifted its annual festival to the chockablock fall. Stepping into the breach, B&B founder and longtime programmer Ingrid Eggers has assembled a one-day five-pack of new films from Germany and Austria. German Gems opens today with Tender Parasites (noon), a delicate but fraught tale of a constructed family in the New Depression. A one-of-a-kind period piece, Miss Stinnes (2 p.m.) dramatizes the wealthy young Clärenore Stinnes and her two-year, round-the-world auto journey in the late 1920s. Director Erica von Moeller (in attendance) makes extensive use of the images shot by Stinnes hired cameraman. Shifting tones, Norbert Baumgartens Being Mr. Kotschie (4:15 p.m.) inflates a midlife crisis into a comically surreal nightmare. The primetime attraction, however, is Margarethe von Trottas Vision (7 p.m.), starring the multitalented Barbara Sukowa as 12th-century pre-Renaissance woman Hildegard von Bingen. Late night brings the mordant Austrian noir of The Bone Man (9:15 p.m.), director Wolfgang Murnberger and actor Josef Harders third droll thriller centering on an ex-cop turned private investigator who stumbles onto a singularly meaty scam. Bring your appetite.
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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.'"