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
Deservedly or not, Ishtar and Heavens Gate routinely top the Hollywood bomb list. Apparently no one remembers the 1968 Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton vehicle, Boom!, based on Tennessee Williams Broadway flop The Milk Train Doesnt Stop Here Anymore. The lush (in both senses) actress had received Oscar nominations for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Suddenly, Last Summer, but her third time starring in a Williams screen adaptation was anything but a charm. Under the direction of Joseph Losey (The Servant), Taylor plays filthy rich, oft-widowed diva Flora Sissy Goforth, who whiles away the hours on her Mediterranean island spilling her memoirs into a tape recorder. The Angel of Death shows up in the guise of a dissolute young poet Burton, at 42, was generally slagged as too old for the role to guide Sissy to the next world. Noël Coward pops in for a caustic cameo as Sissys friend and poison-tongued gossip, the Witch of Capri. The movie cost $5 million and grossed less than $1.5 million; one imagines headlines gloating, Boom! Goes Bust! But one eras earnest excess is anothers camp cavalcade, and no less a figure than John Waters cites Boom! as pivotal to his aesthetic development. Take that as a recommendation, or a warning. The film screens in conjunction with the exhibit Star Quality: The World of Noël Coward.
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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.'"