Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros performed an incredible show at The Independent in SF Monday, April 11th. The ten person band packed onto the stage to perform their full album PerSonA and then a few of their beloved classics.
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
In The Woman Chaser, bored, nihilistic used-car salesman (Patrick Warburton) decides to become a movie director in Eisenhower-era Los Angeles in this 1999 adaptation of Charles Willeford's novel. The blockheaded and gravelly voiced Warburton is best known for his hilarious cartoon vocals on programs such as The Venture Brothers, but hes unleashed here as a self-proclaimed genius who has talent. His crazed determination to be an artist makes for a truly off-beat Hollywood satire, Warburton fighting off all demands to render his 63-minute masterpiece either longer (the 90 minutes that supposedly comprise a movie) or shorter. Robinson Devor's 90-minute film could use a trim to its 63 minutes of black-and-white neo-noir satiric genius, losing its approximately 27 minutes' worth of oddball misogyny. Purists will be pleased and others are warned that, as it happens, the print being shown contains a previously shorn sucker punch guaranteed to outrage the squares.
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