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.
Maybe you're a person of letters, or youre just nonplussed by the heartless 3-D sugar-shock seduction of much cinema today. No one is asking you to keep those stupid glasses at home and buy yet another evolved television so things can fly out of the screen at your face. If gorgeous, stimulating, and actual artistry is more your thing, the Independent Inuit Film: The Fast Runner Trilogy is a boon to you. Straight from the Igloolik community in the Canadian Arctic, the films describe Inuit experience firsthand, rather than through the lens of Mel Gibson (perhaps he's more of a blackout curtain than a lens). Screening tonight is Before Tomorrow, the story of a young boy and his grandmother in 1840, living between the unforgiving Arctic wild and the first contact with white people; director Marie-Helene Cousineau appears for a Q&A after the screening. Atanarjuat, The Fast Runner (April 11) won the Camera dOr at Cannes, and is the first feature ever made in the Inuktitut language. Finally, The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (April 17) depicts an Igloolik shaman and his daughter dealing with Christianity and commerce as they arrive in their world. Its gimmick-free, stereotype-free cinema a true radical experience.
Fri., April 9, 7:30 p.m.; Sun., April 11, 2 p.m.; Fri., April 23, 7:30 p.m., 2010
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.'"