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
The immortal moment came decades ago: a long-suffering fan already, at 8 years old, slumped against a rail at the ballpark for what could be the last time, defeated on the field and off of it, where the Giants were planning to possibly decamp from Candlestick Park to Florida.
What, exactly, is a "chick flick?" To critics and studio execs, it's a movie that appeals to women, with the separate but equal assumption that it's completely without interest for men. It's the nastiest of putdowns, in other words, despite critic B. Ruby Rich's clever, calculated appropriation of the phrase as the title of her terrific 1998 collection of essays about films made by women. That major chunk of cinema also gets little respect in our culture, a chronic malady that Ariella Ben-Dov has challenged for 11 years. The founder and force behind the MadCat Women's International Film Festival, Ben-Dov is a first-rate curator with an eye for the risky, the delicious, the defiantly rambunctious, and the quietly profound. You know the old saying, favored by Gloria Steinem, that the personal is political? It's anything but an abstraction to Ben-Dov.
MadCat's 2007 fest, presented as always in the Mission District, serves up one provocation after another spread across 11 programs with enticing names like "At the Margins" and "So Loud It's Silent." From Tamil suicide bombers in Sri Lanka (My Daughter the Terrorist) to revelations from inside Damascus and the Department of Homeland Security (in the program "Between States"), the festival delivers urgent, up-to-the-minute tidings from the outside world. There's also plenty of lusciously crafted art, notably a rich selection of 16 mm shorts by Helen Hill, who was murdered earlier this year in New Orleans. For devotees of new fiction, "Close to Home" premieres seven shorts set in cars, bars, bathrooms, and the middle of nowhere. In sum, the fest's aggressive assortment of experimental films, radical documentaries, and barbed narrative shorts conspire and combine to redefine what used to be called, once upon a time, a "woman's picture." But while Madcat's mission is to serve female filmmakers and filmgoers, there's no need to tune out, guys. There's plenty here for you, too.
Tonight's program, "Frame by Frame," starts at 8:30 at El Rio, 3158 Mission (at César Chávez), S.F. Admission is $7-20.
Sept. 11-26, 8:30 p.m., 2007
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.'"