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
Identical twins Logan and Noah Miller survived growing up with an alcoholic father in Marin, became accomplished baseball players, and worked as shirtless Abercrombie & Fitch models, in an odd but believable upbringing. Then they waylaid the actor Ed Harris at the Castro Theatre and pitched him a movie they wrote about their father. Harris said, OK. The Millers had no experience and were backed by 17 credit cards; they also would like to direct and star in the movie. Harris agreed with all that. And so they all made a movie together, Touching Home, which is currently touring film festivals. Then, the Millers took a breath, and proceeded to write a book about the experience. Theyre only 31. Howd they accomplish so much? Pluck. And abs. Gumption. Being good at baseball, too. But mostly they did it because they just do not fucking stop in doing whatever it is that needs doing, whether its taking off their shirts or stealing home or touching something in the heart of living legend in an alley behind the Castro. This is the title of the book: Either Youre In Or Youre In the Way. Theyre serious about that sentiment -- the movie not only features Ed Harris, but also a cast and crew with 11 Academy Awards and 26 nominations to their various credits. How the brothers got A-list Hollywood on board and produced a good movie is obviously a compelling story, but today you can shake your head over another one: the brothers also wrote a very fine book.
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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.'"