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 once-impervious wall separating documentary and fiction crumbles a little more each day, with most of the blows inflicted by reality TV. Fine by us, as long as the cracks in the crassly cynical illusion nudge at least a few American couch zombies into half-awake, semicritical viewers. Admittedly, its a long shot that theyll eventually become fans of creative essayists, mock documentarists, and appropriated-history provocateurs like Chris Marker, Johan Grimonprez, and Jim Finn. Then again, Finn has a secret weapon. If you have the ability to make people laugh, thats basically the equivalent of grabbing someone by the balls in the film world, he declares. If you can make someone laugh out loud multiple times, that is fucking gold. The Juche Idea, Finns latest masterful volley in his ongoing cinematic guerrilla war on both the fiction-nonfiction demarcation and political misinformation, tackles North Koreas cherished philosophy of totalitarian self-reliance. The one-hour film centers on a South Korean videomaker who eagerly accepts a residency in North Korea, only to find that artistic freedom is the price for room-and-board security. She quickly adapts, though, turning out a batch of guffaw-provoking movies. Per usual, the Other Cinema show includes a variety of pointedly related miscellany, including a chunk of a 1964 Chinese propaganda film touting that countrys first successful hydrogen-bomb test. Whos laughing now?
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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.'"