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
8 Bob Off is about home improvement. Howard Swain plays Bob Plum (or "Plum Bob"), a middle-aged guy renovating a house owned by his aunt. Except for this job he would be out of work, so his life is a total mess. O-Lan Jones plays Donna, the wife next door who flirts with Bob, and Luis Saguar is her husband, Bobby. Strangely, Gary Leon Hill has written the first half of this play in such an oblique, fractured style that it isn't clear whether we're meant to believe anything the characters say. At first Bob feels like an absurdist play stuck inside a good Raymond Carver story. By the second half the dialogue flows more naturally, and it's clear that Bob is, in fact, screwed up about his ex-girlfriend, and Donna is, in fact, flirting with him to make her husband jealous, etc., but by then the audience is a bit discombobulated. Although Saguar and Jones give full-blooded performances, especially when they're together, Swain's arch acting keeps us at arm's length from the title character. This show is a world premiere, commissioned by the Z Space Studio, but it still feels under construction.
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.'"