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
Head on over to Condor Club or Gold Club to watch UFC 202 Diaz vs McGregor 2 at 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 20th. Tickets will sell out quickly, so to purchase your VIP table and advance tickets for Condor Club click here, and for Gold Club click here.More
MUST CLOSE SATURDAY: I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Readers enjoy ½ PRICE tickets with online code LOCAL at www.theTRIBEproductions.org) Enjoy a hysterical show of musical vignettes connected by one theme: love. Let our players take you joyfully through “Everything you secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit!" Playing at: Bindlestiff Studio 185 6th Street, SF. Thur, Fri, Sat (8pm) & Sundays (2pm), July 15-30. www.theTRIBEproductions.org. theTRIBE has produced in SF since 2013 (“HAIR: the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical,” 2013; “Cabaret,” 2014; and farce “Love, Sex, and the IRS,” 2015), and is excited for you to experience this unique take on Off-Broadway's 2nd longest-running show!More
Guitarfish Festival this weekend! An intimate family, community, arts & music festival held high in the majestic Sierra’s. Enjoy camping in the trees, river swimming, hiking, biking, great food & vending, plus a kids area with activities. Top-notch lineup: Doobie Decibel System Band, ALO, Greyboy Allstars, Lyrics Born, Hamsa Lila, Orgone and many more. A music festival with a cause for the good of the people and our planet! Come camp, dance, swim, & play! guitarfishfestival.comMore
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.
New York and Los Angeles are sometimes unrecognizable in films noir because A) it was often taken for granted that those movies simply needed a big city as a backdrop, and B) many of those films lacked location photography. San Francisco was rarely used merely as a stand-in for “big city America,” probably because it is instantly recognizable – even if it’s only as a black-and-white, rear-projection backdrop. But San Francisco made an enormous contribution through its appearances in The Maltese Falcon, Dark Passage, The Lineup, The Lady from Shanghai, and a number of others. Today, the city hosts two of the country’s best film noir festivals. The Roxie’s two-week celebration, I Wake Up Dreaming!, begins on Friday and features 30 films. As always, the program will include a handful of beloved classics, such as Criss Cross (1949) and Sweet Smell of Success (1957), both of which star Burt Lancaster in very different roles. The latter is unusual in that the plot does not revolve around a crime — but the story of moral corruption, photography by James Wong Howe, and the nighttime Times Square settings make it as noir as is possible. The festival also includes several obscurities that hover on the fringes of noir. Blues in the Night (1941), starring Priscilla Lane, is based on a Depression-era play by Elia Kazan (who has a small role in the film) about down-on-their-luck musicians. All Through the Night (also 1941) is a Warner Brothers programmer starring none other than Humphrey Bogart. The twist here is that it’s a semi-comic story set in motion when boxing promoter “Gloves” Donahue (Bogart) discovers that the restaurant where he holds court no longer carries the cheesecake he likes. Furious, Donahue is led down a winding path and uncovers a conspiracy hatched by Nazi fifth columnists. It’s terrific, pulpy stuff.
May 10-23, 2013