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
We don't often go out of our way for restrooms, but in the case of Macy's sixth-floor ladies room (sorry guys: you'll just have to make do with having everything else), all who pass through its doors will understand why it's worth the effort.
The musical variety show The Grimaldis Are Dead spans generations of the titular family, all performers of one kind or another who also, in the words of writer/producer Dane Ballard, “all died grisly deaths.” It also straddles a variety of art forms, from theater to improv to magic to circus to what the company calls “theatre amuse-bouche” -- and most importantly, it's set to original music by John Woods, which both makes the different eras distinct and subtly ties the family together. But if the medium is manifold, the message, about the spirit all performers have, is clear. True performers, says Ballard, “give absolutely everything they have and still have something left to give.” The show follows an auction clerk (Matthew McCoy) who, glumly sorting through the Grimaldi estate, dreams of a life on the stage. He shows, as Ballard puts it, “how crippling it is” to have that performer’s soul “and not do anything with it.” Under the direction of Christian Utzman, the show doesn’t make audiences feel like they’re in a formal theater but, says Ballard, “like they’re in an auction house that’s haunted.” Staged in Firehouse 8, the new Nob Hill mixed retail/event space, the haunting feels all the spookier; a genuine former fire station (complete with a fireman’s pole), the building was closed for decades and only just reopened, to spectators and spectres alike.
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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.'"