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 queer group Gay Shame was the bane of DPW workers everywhere this past year, using "wheatpaste" (wheat + water = irritatingly hard-to-remove glue concoction) to post flyers targeting everyone from astroturfing pro-development group SFBARF to its capitalist benefactor, Yelp founder Jeremy Stoppelman (lest ye forget his epic response to now-fired Yelp staffer Talia Jane's Medium post complaining about the cost of living in SF: "Move to Phoenix!").
There's no secret to helping you focus better — unless you count Adderall — but studies have shown that listening to music before or while performing a task can improve attention, memory, and even your ability to perform mental math.
So. Word on the street is that both Drake and Kanye West are filming cameos for the upcoming Anchorman 2 movie. We'd love to see both of them doing something self-deprecating and hilarious, but Kanye is involved, so we'll not hold our breath. Truthfully, the only thing better than musicians showing up in movies when we least expect it is when they do that and then mock themselves. Here, then, are our favorite examples of musicians mocking themselves in movie cameos.
Elvis Costello in 200 Cigarettes
Elvis Costello's cameo in 200 Cigarettes is so subtle and so awesome that unless you watch the last five minutes, you'll miss him entirely. Highly strung stress-case Monica is so concerned about her New Year's Eve party being a failure, she gets wasted, alone in her apartment, and passes out, only to find out the following morning that a crazy shindig happened at her place and she slept through the whole thing, even though "love of [her] life" Elvis Costello was there. The great thing here is, the only time we actually see him in the movie is in the photos of the party that show up when the credits are rolling. Before that, we just find out that he's the type of guy that loses his glasses while wasted and asks people for crab dip recipes. Brilliant.
David Bowie in Zoolander
There were about a zillion cameos in 2001's Zoolander -- Gwen Stefani, Lenny Kravitz, Fred Durst, Lance Bass, and Spice Girls Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham all popped up at some point. But it was Bowie -- stepping into a conflict between Ben Stiller's Zoolander and Owen Wilson's Hansel and offering to judge a "Walk Off" -- that was the shining moment of the piece. The moment when he stood up sharply, whipped off his sunglasses, and announced: "I believe I might be of service" was one of the greatest in the whole movie because -- let's be honest -- if we found out tomorrow that David Bowie was part of an underground network of fashion psychos who battled each other on runways, none of us would be that surprised, would we?
Billy Idol in The Wedding Singer
We hadn't realized just how much we needed to see a rocker from the 1980s openly acknowledging which decade he belonged in until Billy Idol emerged on The Wedding Singer -- a movie that was based almost entirely around dragging up the most memorable elements of the '80s and quietly laughing at them. Imagine seeing Bon Jovi or Motley Crue doing such a thing. Wouldn't happen. We salute you Billy Idol!
Bruce Springsteenin High Fidelity
In 2000's High Fidelity, Bruce Springsteen mocks his role as The Boss, appearing as an inner moral guide for John Cusack's Rob Gordon. He is, of course, incredibly encouraging on all fronts, but also can't stop playing blues riffs on his guitar while he's giving his advice. This is awesome because, deep down, Springsteen knows that people all over the world must wonder to themselves on a regular basis: "What would The Boss do?"
Wilson Philips in Bridesmaids
The use of Wilson Philips' "Hold On" in Bridesmaids is entirely in the spirit of mockery. This is a movie about bitterness and rivalry and shitting in the street while wearing a wedding dress, so "Hold On" just sounds even more ridiculous than usual in this context. It's the kind of song women look back and laugh at because they made up stupid interpretive dances to them as children. So when Wilson Philips actually showed up at the end of the movie to perform the song, we kind of wanted to pat them on the back for not being too proud to do it. We found out later, of course (via their reality show) that this group lost their pride a long time ago, but when we first saw Bridesmaids, that final scene was awesome.
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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.'"