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
Carlos, along with the recent Che and The Baader Meinhof Complex, reminds us in varying shades of crimson that one mans revolutionary is another mans terrorist. (And vice versa.) Filmmakers dont have to trek to other lands to find freedom fighters raising hell and controversy, however. In the galvanizing new drama Bold Native, Denis Henry Hennelly (Rock the Bells) and Casey Suchan portray the efforts of American animal-rights activist Charlie Cranehill (played by Joaquin Pastor) to organize a brawling national resistance. The politically charged film honors a range of approaches while Charlie crosses the country marshaling allies, a staffer at an animal welfare organization pursues trad strategies for improving conditions on industrial farms each aimed at infusing capitalism with compassion. To that end, the filmmakers integration of real footage of animal testing into the narrative is particularly effective at piercing hearts. After all, effective agitprop, not to mention a successful revolution, entails winning the masses to the cause. Hennelly is expected to attend both screenings tonight, along with coproducer Suchan, Santa Cruz author John Robbins (The Food Revolution), and activist Jake Conroy.
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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.'"