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 island trend of Hawaiian-style poke, or raw fish/seafood dressed with a variety of sauces and fresh toppings, has been kicking around the West Coast mainland for a while, particularly in Los Angeles, where its lean protein-rich nature is a big hit with the diet and camera conscious.
In the Tarantino era, when a machine gun (or a baseball bat) isnt a weapon so much as a punch line, directors have a hell of a time getting moviegoers to feel violence. Any serious attempt to go even further, and make the viewer uncomfortably complicit in the ugly business unfolding onscreen, is likely to generate misinterpretation and outrage. Thats the case with veteran Filipino director Brillante Mendozas relentless, pitch-black parable of moral impotence in the face of unbridled cruelty. In Hardcore Manila: Kinatay, the same day a young man marries the mother of his baby, he accepts a job from an underworld pal. If only it were a doomed drug deal or botched stickup instead of the prolonged, excruciating, and gory abuse of a prostitute who owes money to the wrong people. Mendozas deeply felt critique of police corruption (our decent hero aspires to become a cop) and capitalisms eat-or-be-eaten imperative earned him Best Director at Cannes a year ago, but also a ban at home and a mere handful of U.S. screenings. The latest in a steady stream of undistributed films by major international directors programmed without fanfare by curator Joel Shepard, Kinatay (Filipino for slaughter) wont leave you laughing.
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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.'"