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
Coffee loyalty runs deep in San Francisco, and if asked to come up with a choice between Sightglass, Four Barrel, Ritual, or Blue Bottle, we might hiss and run away, flaring our frilled neck like a frightened Aussie lizard.
Pickup basketball is a weird social phenomenon where a bunch of strangers meet at a designated spot during a designated time to engage in an athletic competition governed by de facto rules established in some mythic rulebook.
The bullfight has been celebrated in art and literature as the embodiment of mans ability to overcome his fear of death. In Spain, the country where the passionate, bloody rite has held its most hypnotic sway, no woman could legally set foot on the soil as a matador until 1975. But 22 years later, at the age of 22, Maripaz Vega became the first female matadora de toros initiated through corrida in a Spanish bullring; today, she's the world's only active professional female matador. Through Vegas life, and that of a young Italian apprentice named Eva Florencia, Bay Area filmmakers Gemma Cubero and Celeste Carrasco explore the vibrant history of female bullfighters in Ella Es el Matador (She Is the Matador), which kicks off the "Women Make Movies" film fest Aug. 28. Such a tale must naturally include Perus Conchita Cintron, who began fighting at 13 and defied Spanish law by dismounting from her horse in 1949. (As the bull thundered toward her, Cintron dropped her sword, shifted her body, and placed her fingers between the beasts shoulders to represent the killing blow. She was immediately arrested for the breaking the law against women bullfighting on foot, and was pardoned only after the crowd threatened to riot.) Lovers of documentary film should fortify themselves for the week ahead, as "Women Make Movies" celebrates its 37th year with nearly two dozen other films delving into equally brawny subjects such as war, hip-hop, hermaphrodites, and polygamy.
Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2009
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.'"