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
Nothing caps off a nice day at the beach like a mouthful of sand — especially if the grit in your teeth is the reward for the grit required to splay flat-out on your stomach, for the prize of a plastic disc in your hand, and all the glory that comes along with it.
The beauty of this marvelous tale about love, fairies, and natural aphrodisiacs is that you cannot see it too many times. Perhaps Shakespeare's most visually compelling work, complete with lush forest settings and sprightly mythological creatures, A Midsummer Night's Dream presents a feast of unearthly delights that can rival (arguably) some of the outrageous Burning Man proceedings. In the play, young Hermia is being forced by her father to marry Demetrius despite her undying and reciprocated love for another man, Lysander. To avoid this union, Hermia and Lysander run from Athens into the woods, only to be followed by a sword-wielding Demetrius, who in turn is followed by his lovesick suitor, Helena, whom he detests. The four humans cross paths with a bunch of forest fairies that play all sorts of tricks on them with floral love potions. This results in a series of unscrupulous pairings, including that of the Fairy Queen and a chubby local actor who's been temporarily turned into an ass. With the assistance of a good cast and some funky stage design (an AstroTurf stage accessorized with a giant crescent moon from which actors often hang), director Jonathan Moscone amps up the comedy embedded in the text with playful doses of physical humor, most effective in the desperate-girl-chases-boy scenes (so funny here, we almost forgive the touch of misogyny). The wonderful play-within-a-play bits, in which a local all-male acting troupe puts on a show for the Athenian duke, are also great fun as the overzealous actors take on a plethora of roles, including those of a woman, a lion, and a big brick wall. Susannah Schulman's comical portrayal of Helena is highly commendable, as is Colman Domingo's flamboyant characterization of the love-struck Lysander. Andy Murray plays the Fairy King's mischievous servant, Puck, a beer-swilling hobo who finds delicious mirth in the weaknesses and idiocies inherent in the human condition. Philosophizing on the nonsensical nature of romantic love, Puck embodies the essence of the play when he chides: "Oh what fools these mortals be." Indeed.
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.'"