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
Perhaps James Franco is concerned for the audience members who passed out watching him act
I wish I could tell you how Danny Boyle's 127 Hoursends. The first hour and a half are riveting: James Franco is looking gorgeous even as he's slowly dying, his hand pinned under a boulder in a Utah canyon. He's cutting through his arm, I'm squirming, James is telling himself "Don't pass out!" when, well, the audience started passing out for him.
Actually, there were more people fainting at the 7:45 p.m. showing of 127 Hours at Embarcadero Center Cinemas on Saturday night than at a revival meeting.
Okay, maybe just two. Both men. But it was enough to get the movie canceled.
San Franciscans are usually an exceptionally empathetic bunch, but we aren't in any way special this time. The entertainment press
has been reporting on how the movie's incredibly visceral scene of
self-amputation has audiences passing out, vomiting, and going into
seizures all over the country.
The scene is loud, it's overwhelming, it's bloody, it's disgusting. But
on Saturday night, an equal amount of chaos sprung up in the back of the
theater. Patrons started standing up in the darkness, some ran out. A
bomb? A fire? Finally one woman yelled "What's going on?!" It turned out a
guy had completely blacked out in his seat.
It was Elliot Hoffman, the founder of Just Desserts.
The house lights went on. The movie was turned off. Hoffman's wife looked into his eyes and said something like, "Are you still here?" After a bit,
Hoffman hobbled out of the theater with his wife and daughter so the paramedics could attend to him in the lobby. Get that man some cake, stat!
"It was when he was reaching into
his own arm to reach a tendon," Hoffman said over the phone on Monday,
having recovered from the harrowing experience of watching Franco act out the harrowing experience. "It was the blood and the reaching in; it was
about 10 minutes, the theater lights went off again. The movie started
back up. Okay, folks, only the strong survive, onward ho! Franco is still
cutting off his arm, we got through a whole 10 seconds, the arm is off, when -- another
guy making his way up the aisle swooned and hit the ground.
Once again, people
ran out for help. The guy seated behind me said, "This is so dramatic!" I ran
out into the lobby to alert one of the paramedics already attending to
Hoffman, "There's another one down in the aisle!" She smirked slightly, seeming to convey this was getting ridiculous.
Back inside the theater, the
house lights went on again. The movie shut off. The woman
accompanying the man on the floor, probably in his early 50s, raised
his legs up into the air as he said "I feel the great need to go the
bathroom." Oh boy.
A theater employee entered and explained that no, the show would not go on. A mumble of mutiny rumbled through the theater. "There have been two
medical emergencies," the employee explained as if trying to quell an attack. As we filed out, a
sweet usher handed us passes for another movie at Landmark Theatres, saying again and again "I'm sorry! This never
Actually it's happening with great frequency. When we
called the Kabuki, the other San Francisco cinema showing the movie, a
manager who wouldn't reveal his name said "a few" had passed out, before then backing off his
previous statement with "Most people get a little sick, that's all. No
emergency. We'll just leave it like that."
Theater's publicist Steve Indig hadn't heard of the Saturday night
fiasco, but once we told him, started trying to work it into a sales pitch for the movie:
"I can't wait to faint myself!" (We can't wait for people to vomit and faint right next to us! We can't wait to roll around on the putrid floor of a movie theater!)
Fox Searchlight Pictures didn't return a
message on Monday. "I heard from Fox Searchlight that they formerly
didn't want to address it, but they're probably welcoming the buzz,"
Hoffman's ordeal wasn't over, by the way. When he exited via a packed elevator at One Embarcadero Center, the elevator stalled. Hoffman estimates they were stuck for three to four minutes,
smacking the emergency button: "I could feel the air going out of the
elevator," he says, with a touch of drama. Finally, he demanded that someone pry open the doors. Some guy did so, and the throng spilled out.
Having made it out alive, Hoffman says he still intends to finish 127 Hours to see Franco do the same (or so I assume since we never got that far). "Oh, I thought it was great! The acting, the camera, it was
pretty tremendous." This time, he'll wait to rent it on DVD.
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.'"