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
In the camcorder and YouTube age, we will all truly get our 15 minutes in the spotlight. (Dont worry, your time is coming.) Take the flamboyantly felonious family slamming the pedal to the metal in Julien Nitzbergs The Wild and Wonderful Whites of West Virginia (screening Oct. 17 and 20). Back in those dull days when only great men like presidents and chief justices were considered appropriate subjects for documentaries, this hard-living Appalachian clan wouldnt have gotten within tobaccy-spitting distance of a camera. The same goes for the equally antisocial (albeit more benign) feline fetishists in Christie Callan-Jones Cat Ladies (Oct. 18 and 21). Of course, this is the lure of the annual San Francisco Documentary Festival the crazy quilt of human nature and obsession. DocFests cache of reality checks always includes a few irresistibly entertaining excavations of alternative and underground culture, and one pick to dig into is the flick with the longest title, I Need That Record!: The Death (or Possible Survival) of the Independent Record Store (Oct. 18 and 20) Nothing is or was more alternative than Burning Man, and Oliver Bonins Dust and Illusions (Oct. 17 and 22) traces its roots from a small, subversive desert getaway staged by the Bay Areas Cacophony Society into a phenomenon that is equal parts art extravaganza, tribal touchstone, and hipster vacation. Its not a coincidence that so many of DocFests offerings leave the mainstream in the dust.
Oct. 16-29, 2009
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.'"