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
With neighborhood institutions like the 21 Club closing to make way for yuppie cocktail bars, Brown Jug remains an oasis — and one that takes full advantage of the state's operating hours window, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
Once famous throughout the league as a haven for misfits and rejects looking to resurrect their careers, the Raiders have for the last decade or more made an art from out of epically wrong personnel decisions.
The slippery, sprawling smorgasbord that is Frameline34: San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival offers delicacies for nearly any boy or girl. Got a taste for New Yorkstyle transvestite glamour? Beautiful Darling: The Life and Times of Candy Darling, Andy Warhol Superstar (June 23) has got it up to its eyelashes. As a bonus, a pair of provocatively titled programs of vintage Warhol films, Hustlers and Exhibitionists" and Sex, Leather Jackets, and Cigarettes," show the scene as it was. Forcing our gaze down below the equator the festival spotlights South Americas new wave of queer cinema with a steamy sidebar led by the Peruvian bisexual triangle Undertow (June 22). For something closer to home, The Stranger in Us (June 23 and 25), Scott Boswells fresh, moody, and occasionally poetic indie feature about a sensitive guys first year in San Francisco, unfolds on Polk Street, in the Tenderloin, and around Civic Center. Poetry, of course, imbues every frame of Howl (closing night, June 27), Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedmans daring, partly animated excavation of Allen Ginsbergs pants-dropping proclamation, the ludicrous obscenity trail against its S.F. publisher Lawrence Ferlinghetti and City Lights bookstore, and the closeted Cold War 1950s society that inspired Ginsbergs beat masterpiece.
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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.'"