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
The sinews of old San Francisco lie in the water: the posts standing in the Bay mud that supported the docks and piers where the shipping that made the city possible, and later allowed it to flourish, flowed.
Once famous throughout the league as a haven for misfits and rejects looking to resurrect their careers, the Raiders have for the last decade or more made an art from out of epically wrong personnel decisions.
Kenneth Anger grew up in the '30s and '40s in glorious Southern California, a rare boy for whom the toxic proximity of the Dream Factory overshadowed the sun and sea. A child actor in studio productions, Anger turned to directing 16mm dress-up movies with kids from the 'hood (cutting a trail eventually followed by the Kuchar brothers and John Waters, among others). Barely out of his teens, he caused an underground sensation with Fireworks (1947), a 15-minute cavalcade of sadomasochistic images and homoerotic allusions that found a warmer reception in Europe. So Anger moved to Paris, where he penned the compulsively readable Hollywood Babylon in 1959, a still-in-print history of screen-god debauchery and suicide laced with arch innuendo and side-splitting slander. With postwar American movies and music infecting the globe, Anger returned to the States to make Scorpio Rising (1963), a groundbreaking sendup of American myth, machismo, and marketing, featuring a leather-clad biker gang and pseudoromantic AM radio hits like Blue Velvet. Kenneth Anger: Restored Prints revisits these touchstones of avant-garde cinema whose once-shocking techniques were long ago co-opted by mainstream movies, commercials, and music videos with affectionate but not defanged nostalgia.
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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.'"