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
The hottest current thing in the world of tapioca drinks, a.k.a. boba tea (or, as Hillary Clinton recently called them when she tried one in New York, "chewy tea") isn't a crazy new flavor or new way to marinate the root starch balls — it's cotton candy!
We've all had that day: the one where you accidentally hit "Reply All" on an email intended for one or get rear-ended as you're backing out of the veterinary clinic where you've just spent your life savings to find out that the results on your cat's blood work are "inconclusive."
German choreographer Pina Bausch is the "Queen of European dance theater," according to the Times of London, which ought to know. Her ongoing series of pieces for her company, the Tanztheater Wuppertal, are based on different parts of the world the projects typically begin with research trips to various locales and end in esoteric creations. A stay in Los Angeles in the mid-1990s inspired Nur Du (Only You), a string of visual one-liners about everything from Hollywood movies to sushi takeout containers, set against an imposing environment of massive redwood tree trunks. In Viktor, Bausch's take on Rome, a female dancer famously pounds a steak before stuffing it along with her foot into a toe shoe and performing bourrées. Other geographically based projects include Der Fensterputzer (The Window Washer) and Masurca Fogo, inspired by Hong Kong and Lisbon, respectively, as well as the self-explanatory Palermo, Palermo, Madrid's Tanzabend II (Dance Evening 2), and Ein Trauerspiel (A Tragedy), influenced by a stay in Vienna. For her latest appearance in Berkeley, Bausch and her dancers perform Ten Chi, a work based on the company's 2004 sojourn in Japan. The performance explores the paradoxes of contemporary life on a stage covered with cherry blossoms and giant whale fins. Bausch's staging also features texts by writers including Bertolt Brecht and Georg Büchner, and music by the avant-garde Romanian string quartet Balanescu and British prog-rock musician Robert Wyatt, among others.
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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.'"