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've told you about Monday Night ForePlays, the female-driven variety show that scores big laughs on serious subjects through brutal honesty. Over the past year the women behind the show part of PianoFight Productions have kept that honest streak while taking a turn toward the utterly absurd. And in the hands of these writers and performers who've played well together for almost two years, we love the utterly absurd. One recent sketch, for example, featured Dora the Explorer visiting the Tenderloin to interview a tranny prostitute and a homeless man. Its fall show, Don't Tell Mom the Weekend's Dead!, wanders even farther off the reality-based path. According to producer Kate Jones, sketches includes bison pansexuality, a pop group wearing vinyl bras and dispensing financial advice, gamete-on-gamete romance, and a send-up of the teen book series The Baby-Sitters Club. In addition to sketches, you get comedians Natasha Muse, Kelly McCarron, Liz Grant, and Lilibeth Helson. Musical acts include Miranda Jones, Mal Blum, Jena McRae, and Zoe Boekbinder. As if Mondays weren't absurd enough already.
Mondays. Starts: Sept. 19. Continues through Oct. 24, 2011
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.'"