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
Los Angeles has always been a town of schisms and divisions. The movie stars and real estate developers bask in the bright lights, while the grinders and grifters bob and weave in the shadows. The down-and-outers in The Exiles, Kent MacKenzies fascinating forgotten artifact from 1961, are Indians (to use the language of the period) stranded between the anachronistic traditions of the reservation and the out-of-reach promises of the big city. Shot in romantic, unforgiving black-and-white with a cast of non-professionals, this unusually natty strand of neo-realism spans a night exactly like every other in the low-rent neighborhood of Bunker Hill. The laconic Homer (Homer Nish) heads out with ladies man Tommy (Tommy Reynolds) and a few other unemployed, immature pals for a couple of Lucky Lagers, a hand of cards, a bottle of Thunderbird, and a fight or two. Meanwhile, his diffident wife Yvonne (Yvonne Williams) catches a movie alone, her yearning for change building quietly as the night goes on. The Exiles was conceived as a rebuttal both to Hollywoods stereotypes of Indians and the studio systems bloated, embalmed output. Today it plays like a time capsule-preserved record of a soulful, integrated L.A. before the city (and the country) was McDonalds-ized. If you dont have a drink before the show, youll sure want one afterward.
Aug. 14-7, 7 p.m., 2008
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.'"