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
Mozzeria, newcomers to the Outside Lands lineup, will bring their 25-foot trolley, a restored mobile San Francisco cable car with a wood-fired oven, to Bluxome Street Winery for a Pinot, Pizza and Funk party. Local funk favorite Tortoise and the Pimps will perform while guests enjoy a special menu of Neapolitan pizzas and wine pairings! A ticket includes entry, one personal pizza and two glasses of wine; tickets are $40 per person. Limited tickets will be available at the door for $45.More
In his 1999 essay, "Blue Movie Notes: Ode to an Attic Cinema," film expert Jack Stevenson describes the emergence of amateur sex films in 1960s San Francisco. Theaters eager for erotic content had resorted to showing gynecological footage -- "probably the most limited subgenre of cinema ever," Stevenson writes, but proof that an audience existed for this kind of thing. The intersection of home movies, the sexual revolution, and the potential for huge profits created a bloom of amateur sex films from West Coast producers like the Mitchell Brothers, Alex DeRenzy, and Bill Osco. Just about anyone who could get their hands on a 16mm camera and round up a few friends could pump out a porno and find a paying public.
Tonight, Stevenson salutes the initiative of these eager, uh, beavers, in a three-part program called The Superstars Next Door: A Celebration of San Francisco Amateur Sex Cinema from the '60s. The program opens with a screening of four home movies from 1968, one of which was filmed in a porn bookstore on 6th Street, and continues with The Meatrack, a bisexual sexploitation film shot on the streets of San Francisco and described as "a bizarre milestone of gay cinema." Tonight's admission includes both programs. On Saturday, a tribute to amateur live sex performance ranges from striptease to the explicit. Nothing slick here, except perhaps the bedsheets.
Thu., Oct. 9, 7:30 & 9:20 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m., 2008