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 broad slapstick and so-dumb-theyre-brilliant one-liners of the Abrahams/Zucker Brothers films begot crapfests such as Scary Movie and Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, but surely you cant hold that against the folks behind Airplane!, which may stand as the Platonic ideal of 1980s comedy. Memorable quotes from the film Have you ever seen a grown man naked? or A hospital? What is it? It's a big building with patients, but that's not important right now are encoded in the cultural DNA of the time. Still, the jokes havent lost their hilarity despite the years and countless citations by stoned undergrads. This S.F. Sketchfest event pays tribute to the seminal comedy and careers of Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Zucker, who also brought us The Naked Gun, Kentucky Fried Movie, and Police Squad! The tribute features a screening of Airplane!, certain to be more fun than catching the film on TBS at 2 a.m. after stumbling home from the bar. There will also be a freewheeling conversation among Abrahams, the Zuckers, and moderator Robert Hays, better known as Ted Striker, the reluctant pilot of Airplane! with a drinking problem (he spills his drinks). A tribute like this wont strike from the record all the shitty knockoffs that have proliferated in the 31 years since Airplane!s release, but its an opportunity for Abrahams and the Zuckers to remind their would-be heirs how to do it right.
Mon., Jan. 31, 7 p.m., 2011
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.'"