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
Coffee loyalty runs deep in San Francisco, and if asked to come up with a choice between Sightglass, Four Barrel, Ritual, or Blue Bottle, we might hiss and run away, flaring our frilled neck like a frightened Aussie lizard.
Left coasters may not pay much attention to the New York film scene, but the Apple’s exhibitors, curators, festivals, and critics set the agenda for the entire country. The great majority of non-Hollywood cinema -- art films, foreign films, retrospectives, documentaries, experimental films, revivals -- plays Manhattan before rippling out. One of the great tastemakers, Amos Vogel, started and ran (with his wife) the influential postwar film club Cinema 16 before cofounding the New York Film Festival in 1963; he also wrote the essential 1974 tome, Film as a Subversive Art. The Austrian Jewish émigré died in April at 91, and local curator Joel Shepard pays tribute to Vogel’s immeasurable contributions to U.S. film culture by digging fellow subversive Luis Bunuel’s 1930 provocation L’Age d’Or (The Age of Gold) out of the vault. A jolt of comic surrealism intended as an affront to the left, right, and center, Bunuel’s follow-up to his infamous collaboration with Salvador Dali, Un Chien Andalou, is the perfect choice to honor the man who said, “The commercialization of art and entertainment is a negative factor in human development.”
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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.'"