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 2004, sibling filmmakers Jeremy and Randy Stulberg discovered a community of drug dealers, runaways, veterans, and self-proclaimed patriots living on an inhospitable patch of New Mexico desert. These folks survive without electricity, running water, or police supervision. It's like the Old West, or "the world's largest outdoor insane asylum," as one long-time occupant proclaims in the Stulbergs' absorbing documentary Off the Grid: Life on the Mesa. "You can really let your freak flag fly." Sounds enticing. Except, as one youngster warns, the mesa is not for tourists. Its inhabitants are fiercely independent, heavily armed, and prone to drunken binges necessitating wide open spaces. Diplomatic harmony is maintained by a council of old timers that gathers occasionally to sort out troublemakers and thieves -- lest newcomers get their fool heads blown off. During the Stulbergs' stay, such a problem arises and the council must judge the "Nowhere Kids," a contingent of urban runaways who view stealing as redistribution. The conflict becomes the lynchpin of the Stulbergs' documentary, but the drama is unnecessary. The characters on the mesa are riveting -- as beautiful, harsh, and hopeless as the landscape they have come to inhabit and, at a mere 70 minutes, it leaves you wanting more.
May 2-7, 6:30 & 9:50 p.m.; Saturdays, Sundays, 3 p.m.; May 9-14, 3, 6:30 & 9:30 p.m. Starts: May 2. Continues through May 7, 2008
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.'"