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
It sounds like the beginning of a good joke: What happens when you take an agoraphobe (wont leave home), a narcoleptic (falls asleep at inopportune moments), an apraxic (cant do physical activities that take mental thought), and a temporary amnesiac (loses memory after sex) and put them together in a New York apartment with an identity-thieving criminal? The answer should be a side-splitting nut-ball comedy, but in the case of A Beautiful Home, the result is lackluster. Local playwright and director Ian Walker squanders his plays potential with a lack of consistent characters and an unbelievable situation. Timothy Redmond, delivering the most solid performance as Bunny the agoraphobe, is wonderfully introduced as he painstakingly unlocks the four heavy deadbolts on his front door, but in later scenes he leaves the door unlocked or even halfway open. The language has a noncommittal tone, with G-rated terms like moron and frickin and hokey, moralistic ponderings such as Maybe we need to see ourselves through other peoples eyes so we can see were not damaged. Second Winds production has many amusing moments, but ironically suffers from an identity crisis: It wont commit to being outright hilarious or dramatic, and becomes insipid in the process.
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.'"