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
Nothing caps off a nice day at the beach like a mouthful of sand — especially if the grit in your teeth is the reward for the grit required to splay flat-out on your stomach, for the prize of a plastic disc in your hand, and all the glory that comes along with it.
Finally, theres a vampire movie worthy of the title The Hungereven if it arrives under a more potable name. Carnal appetite, not a parched palate, is the accelerant that fuels this perverse, prankish, and merrily anti-clerical exercise in bloodletting from Park Chan-wook (Oldboy), whose films function like the moral-retribution mechanisms in the Saw moviestraps with no way out but a permanently scarring exit. South Korean superstar Song Kang-ho, from The Host and Parks Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, plays a priest who nobly sacrifices himself to a deadly vaccine trial, only to emerge with what looks like the gift of divine healing. In truth, its a newfound hunger for blood and other unnamable desiresand it meets its insatiable match in Tae-joo (Kim Ok-vin, in a star-making show of erotic fireworks), the dissatisfied wife of the priests childhood friend. Parks plotting borrows mightily from Émile Zolas proto-noir Thérèse Raquinalbeit with Zolas naturalism embellished by superhuman powers, CGI rooftop leaps, and color-coordinated bloodshed. But the movie plays as malicious mischief, diverting but curiously weightless. Shifting from clinical cool to hothouse fever, Thirst settles for a macabre jollity as the unlikable characters affix nastily ironic fates to each other. Even so, Parks voluptuous style and the shocking, slurpy physicality of the movies sex scenes offer a welcome antidote to the zipless bloodsucking of Twilight, the vampire movie for vegetarians.
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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.'"