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
Thai chef Kasem "Pop" Saengsawang owns several solid restaurants in San Francisco, including the breakfast-centric Sweet Maple and the Asian fusion spot Kitchen Story, but his newest project Farmhouse Kitchen is the one to miss at your peril.
Director Léa Pools suburbia abounds with absentee parents, cruel children, ominous neighborhood characters, and incipient tragedy. Dont be too afraid, though, for were on the kinder, gentler outskirts of Montreal, not in Lynch Land. Mommy Is at the Hairdressers, Pools vividly sunlit late-60s coming-of-age story, centers on a teenage girl trying to make sense of her parents midlife crisis. A highlight of the San Francisco Film Societys first-ever Quebec Film Week, Pools opus confirms the widely held perception that Canadian films, buttressed by an oddly thrilling metronome intellectualism, tend to run cooler and evince more restraint than our pulp fiction. That assuredly fits the work of Denys Arcand (The Barbarian Invasions), the high prince of French-language Canadian cinema, whose trademark hyperarticulate, impassioned dialogue drives The Age of Ignorance, a Walter Mitty fantasy with a sobering undercurrent of Bush-era social, moral, and (yes) intellectual bankruptcy. If its cold you crave, The Last Continent, marine biologist Jean Lemires striking documentary about his year-plus expedition to Antarctica, will assuredly give you the chills. The climate is indeed scary in this broad-daylight horror tale, but not for the reasons than youd anticipate: The sudden and unexpected effects of global warning jeopardize the lives of the crew and, if were paying attention, the rest of us. Take a hat, as your mother would say.
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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.'"