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 current blitz of American and British movies with Nazi themes confirms one thing: Nobody in the world understands fascism like German filmmakers. In Dennis Gansels perceptive and unsettling The Wave, a group of peer-pressured high school students take their charismatic teachers lessons on autocracy a gun too far. Based on a 1967 episode at a Palo Alto institution of lower learning, this provocative entry in the Berlin & Beyond Film Festival makes the most of the prevailing attitude that it cant happen here again. The annual compilation of the best German, Austrian, and Swiss pictures of the past year begins tonight with Doris Dörries tender and sublime Cherry Blossoms, and closes seven days hence with Martin Walz bittersweet musical romance, Melodies of Spring. New Wave icon Wim Wenders gets the tribute treatment with his 1976 triumph, Kings of the Road, as well as his latest, Palermo Shooting, a beautifully shot, seductively soundtracked, unexpectedly callow yarn about a diva photographer who discovers the meaning of life just as Death (American friend Dennis Hopper) shows up. Fortunately for our handsome hero, Death is not a fascist, and can be reasoned with. An opening-night party starts at 6:30 and Cherry Blossoms screens at 8.
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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.'"