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 myth still persists in some circles that the silent film era was a bastion of primitivism, a tedious mime show of bathetic sentimentality and clumsy artistry. A single movie chosen at random at the cannily curated San Francisco Silent Film Festival is typically sufficient to erase such misconceptions, even if you dont know Harry Langdon from Rudolph Valentino. Its categorically impossible to choose wrong with this years nonstop parade of masterworks, featuring immortals Harold Lloyd, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Marion Davies, René Clair, and Conrad Veidt. Were particularly intrigued by rarities like The Soul of Youth, William Desmond Taylors social-issue melodrama about abandoned children (before the Depression, mind you). The late-night temptation of Tod Browning (Freaks) directing Lon Chaney in The Unknown is lent further allure by an introduction by Canadian filmmaker and silents enthusiast Guy Maddin (The Saddest Music in the World). The kids matinee on Sunday features the marvelous cutout animation of The Adventures of Prince Ahmed, Lotte Reinigers Arabian Nights adaptation. Theres nothing remotely dusty or dull about the Silent Film Festival (which we picked as one of the top four local movie bashes in our Best Of issue), a raucous revival of the good old days.
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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.'"