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
It is no slight to the programmers of the San Francisco Womens Film Festival to say this is one event where the main action happens offscreen. Networking and support always drive this annual celebration, which seizes every opportunity to connect pioneering elders with filmmakers eager to accept the torch. A preshow reception, for example, is part and parcel of this evenings shorts program, Making Herstory: Young Women in the Directors Chair, while admission to 8 p.m.s Tribute Award, featuring local legend Lourdes Portillo and screening of her unflinching 2001 doc, Senorita Extraviada, likewise includes a warm-up powwow. Dorothy Fadimans Saturday morning workshop, drawn from her recent book, Producing with Passion: Making Films That Change the World, offers a concentrated dose of advice and inspiration that should have attendees excitedly exchanging ideas and contact info at the reception afterward. And yes, theres a meet-and-greet before Isabel Allende is honored on closing night (April 5) with a screening of Paula Rodriquez Sickerts one-hour portrait. So much for networking what about support? Four intrepid documentarymakers show their works in progress, and welcome your feedback, at the rousing Local Filmmaker Spotlight on April 2. Clearly, the SFWFF offers much more than the chance to escape into a movie.
April 1-5, 2009
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.'"