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
Half a century on, its impossible to grasp the full impact of the Soviet Unions Sputnik launch in the fall of 1957. Sure, the Cold War between the USSR and the U.S. was a source of concern to citizens of both countries, but congressmen and columnists raced to portray the satellites orbital path over the southwestern U.S. as a potential threat to our national security. The blatant way in which the politicians and the papers stampeded millions of Americans over the next six months, igniting a billion-dollar arms race, is downright shocking today. Shocking! Well, if youre too young to remember 9/11 and the run-up to the invasion of Iraq, that is. David Hoffmans fascinating documentary Sputnik Mania doesnt spell out the contemporary parallels, however, focusing instead on such odd bedfellows as President Dwight D. Eisenhower and German rocket scientist Werner von Braun (who switched his allegiance from the swastika to the stars-and-bars with nary a hiccup).
A treasure chest of stunning archival footage, Sputnik Mania isnt a history lesson so much as a psychological evaluation of a nation suffering from temporary insanity. Its the perfect companion piece to Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.
Fri., Sept. 26, 7 & 9:30 p.m.; Sat., Sept. 27, 2, 4:30, 7 & 9:30 p.m., 2008
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.'"