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
More than 75 years after Viennese beauty Hedy Lamarr went skinny-dipping in Ecstasy, sex in mainstream movies has devolved completely from European provocation to Hollywood exploitation. The Danish director Knud Leif Thomsen had the former in mind when he included hardcore sequences in his well-crafted 1966 film, Gift (released in the U.S. as Venom), but his devious plan blew up in his face. Thomsen meant to expose and indict the anything-goes morals of the exploding sexual revolution, but his strategy backfired when he agreed to insert large white crosses over the fucking bits, else the authorities would excise them altogether. The ridiculous compromise ignited a furious debate over censorship that led to its demise in Denmark in just a few years, opening the door for overtly pornographic films. This colorful history and a whole lot more is recounted in Jack Stevensons latest book, Scandinavian Blue: The Erotic Cinema of Sweden and Denmark in the 1960s and 1970s. An astute chronicler and collector of cult cinema, the Danish resident and former San Franciscan makes his annual pilgrimage to our seamy city for Scandinavian Blue: Book Launch and Screening with Jack Stevenson, featuring Venom and a couple of choice shorts. Provocation or exploitation? Judge for yourself.
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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.'"