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 island trend of Hawaiian-style poke, or raw fish/seafood dressed with a variety of sauces and fresh toppings, has been kicking around the West Coast mainland for a while, particularly in Los Angeles, where its lean protein-rich nature is a big hit with the diet and camera conscious.
We once had a friend who lived in a loft inside the Mitchell Brothers porn warehouse near Civic Center. On her wall was a poster that looked like a political cartoon of then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein. The mayors skirt was the City Hall rotunda. From underneath it scurried bunches of tiny police officers, chasing owners of adult bookstores and theaters. Feinstein today might be an enemy of the right wing in Washington, but anyone who has been around here long enough will tell you she was an enemy of the left in San Francisco because of her strong antismut stance (not to mention her opposition to gay bathhouses) and her high-profile busts of adult establishments. Alas, the wave was too big for Feinstein and her backers, as San Francisco had become the nations boomtown for porn. Michael Stabile explains why in his in-progress documentary, Smut Capital of America. In it, were reminded that Northern California was already central in the sexual revolution and the Free Speech Movement. Jim and Artie Mitchell were hometown heroes whod opened an adult theater and, educated in filmmaking at SF State, were among the first in the modern day to put explicit sex in a motion picture. This attracted directors from New York and Los Angeles, where making adult movies was still illegal. They had vast talent pools in young hippies who treated overt sex as a form of political activism and rebellion. Added to this was economic reality many theater owners faced losing their businesses because Hollywood was simply not producing enough movies, so they were more than willing to screen adult films, which had become wildly popular among young men as well as women. Some of the theater owners and filmmakers from the time are interviewed in Smut Capital, which Stabile hopes to make into a feature-length documentary. A discussion with him follows the screening.
Thu., July 14, 7:30 p.m., 2011
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.'"