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 sinews of old San Francisco lie in the water: the posts standing in the Bay mud that supported the docks and piers where the shipping that made the city possible, and later allowed it to flourish, flowed.
You wouldnt think a movie about wild pig hunting would play well in the city, but we happen to be surrounded by hills filled with 200-pound, tusk-sporting boar. Theyve been on notice for years. Theyve also been getting shot. After all, theyre locally grown, free-range, and chefs feel tough when roasting them on a spit atop a primordial blaze for six hours. But since the whole idea of pig killing, field dressing, and spit roasting is kinda creepy, the indie filmmakers of Pig Hunt decided to go the horror route, creating a total gore-filled freakfest of a film that has to be slotted at midnight. It features a group of S.F. city boys on a pig hunt, a 2,000-pound boar, rednecks, lady pot farmers, and Les Claypool on bass (he did the soundtrack). It all ends in tears, obviously. And just to put you over the top on this thing, Pig Hunt was written by Zack and Robert Mailer Anderson, the latter of whom is a fantastic local resource, not only for books like Boonville, but also for his storytelling skill on stages like Porchlight, his talent at wearing a proper hat, and the general sense that this is one man who could kill a pig, bare-knuckled if necessary. If he hasnt bagged one yet, its only because the pigs are keeping an eye on him.
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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.'"