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
Of all the pizzas made in North Beach, perhaps none are made as fondly (or with as much flair) as those of pizza maestro Tony Gemignani, owner of Tony's Pizza Napoletana and recent top dog of the World Pizza Championships in Italy.
It's hard to conceive of an action flick more inane or entertaining than Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 cult sensation, Point Break. It ranks high on the beefcake meter, and with its homoerotic subtext and efficiently paced action, you can view it as either a cinematic train wreck or a pulp fiction magnum opus. A new dramatic adaptation of the movie, Point Break Live!, riffs on all the blockbustery fracas, staying astonishingly faithful to the original script and its concomitant crests and troughs. The story -- in case you missed the plot points amid all the rippling muscles -- centers on a quarterback-turned-FBI agent, Johnny Utah (Keanu Reeves), who goes undercover to investigate a string of bank robberies committed by a syndicate known as the Ex-Presidents, led by blissed-out surfer swami Bodhi (Patrick Swayze). After receiving precious koans from Bodhi on surfing, "that place where you lose yourself and find yourself," Johnny gets seduced by the adrenaline of the affable bandits' lifestyle, placing him in direct conflict with his crime-busting cohorts. The parody, which premiered in Seattle in 2003, gets its surf on and reprises the adrenaline-shot mise-en-scene of the movie with the help of wind machines, squirt guns, stunt doubles, and heaps of overacting. The kicker? The role of Johnny Utah is hand-picked from the audience via a handy "applause-o-meter" and gets by on cue cards, extempore. Don't let stage fright be too much of a hindrance. Looking alive, after all, might lose you a plum gig, considering the role's precursor.
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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.'"