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
For those who like their comedy black, their theater aisles running with blood, and their cinema cultish, Joshua Grannells new movie fits the bill nicely. Grannell is, of course, also known as Peaches Christ, the scream/drag queen hostess of late-night movie screening series Midnight Mass, where films like Showgirls, Coffy, and Xanadu have received over-the-top, theatrical preshow treatments. He spent the better part of 2009 filming his bloody debut, All About Evil, entirely locally, and now the cat is let out of the bag as part of the San Francisco International Film Festival. The story features a mousy librarian who inherits her fathers floundering old movie house the Victoria Theatre and turns to serial killing to save the family business, producing a series of horrific short films. A small army of gore enthusiasts launches her to local celebrity, unaware that the murders taking place in the films are real. The event is a one-night only world premiere, and some of the stars Natasha Lyonne (American Pie, But Im a Cheerleader), Mink Stole (one of John Waters Dreamlanders), Cassandra Peterson (better known as Elvira), and Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) appear in the wild pre-show Ms. Christ has planned for the big event.
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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.'"