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
Of all the pizzas made in North Beach, perhaps none are made as fondly (or with as much flair) as those of pizza maestro Tony Gemignani, owner of Tony's Pizza Napoletana and recent top dog of the World Pizza Championships in Italy.
In a pair of acclaimed documentaries, local filmmaker Micha X. Peled tracked globalization’s footprints from a big-box store in Virginia (Store Wars: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town) to a blue jeans factory in Shichuan (China Blue). In his revealing new film, Bitter Seeds, Peled follows the thread to the cotton-growing region of India, where small farmers grow the raw material that’s exported, dyed, sewn, and stitched into America’s favorite weekend wear. For centuries, farmers were able to make a living and afford to arrange a decent match for their daughters, but in the last decade that stability has disappeared. The film convincingly argues that the blame lies in the widespread transition to genetically modified and supposedly pest-resistant seeds marketed by a subsidiary of Monsanto. The company’s spokesman dodges responsibility, but he can’t deny the epidemic of farmer suicides triggered by shame and poverty. Bitter Seeds insinuates us into the lives of one family, with the counterpoint of an aspiring young journalist who lost her own father to suicide and who sets about researching and reporting the story for a local newspaper. U.S. farmers, lest we forget, are not immune from the effects of Monsanto’s “innovative” products. Also of note, Peled appears at several shows on Friday and Saturday.
Oct. 5-11, 2012
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.'"