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
Coffee loyalty runs deep in San Francisco, and if asked to come up with a choice between Sightglass, Four Barrel, Ritual, or Blue Bottle, we might hiss and run away, flaring our frilled neck like a frightened Aussie lizard.
Lets Get Lost, Bruce Webers wrenchingly intimate 1987 portrait of jazzman Chet Baker, is the high-water mark for marriages of black-and-white cinematography and world-class music. Now comes the acclaimed Portuguese director Pedro Costa, an aficionado of long takes and high-contrast lighting, with Ne change rien, his own black-and-white method of gaining entrée to a musicians soul. His subject and muse is the French singer and actress Jeanne Balibar, captured in the studio and onstage, mistakes and all. All, incidentally, means nothing else no probing interviews, no scenes of life on tour, no casually revealing shots of everyday behavior. Costa frames Balibar at the mic, locks down the camera, and lets her do the work. He doesnt stint a whit on beauty, but his goal is neither entertainment nor diversion. On the contrary, he wants to submerge us entirely in the performers concentration and creation. With minimal movement and editing to distract us, Ne change rien pulls us deeper and deeper under the singers spell. There are many ways to achieve intimacy, and Costa and Balibar have devised a gorgeous new one. See it with someone who loves chiaroscuro.
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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.'"