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
Wanna know about the best film you've probably never seen? Here's a tip: Put down that intellectually toxic Netflix DVD (particularly if it's the latest Judd Apatow)and get thee to your local art-house theatre. Soviet-Armenian filmmaker Sergei Parajanov's 1964 gem, Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, is one of those movies that makes a public appearance about every 15 years or so, and it's always worth the wait. It's a haunting masterpiece about forbidden love and tribal disagreements essentially, a story that's older than the moon and stars. It's also the film that got the intransigent Parajanov banned from the highest echelons of the Soviet cinema establishment, less for overt politicking than for his blatant disavowal of social realism in favor of deliciously dark folkloric themes. It features a rare glimpse into the lives of the seminomadic Hutsul people of the Carpathian mountains and their near-extinct language and customs, mixed in with a flurry of symbols and archetypes that would make a Jungian analyst's head spin. Sorcery, soothsayers, and guttural nature spirits all coalesce to create a strange realm in which beauty becomes a brutal assault on the senses, as Parajanov's gorgeously saturated colors and dizzying camera moves provide a primal power too often missing in today's cinema.
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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.'"