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
Thai chef Kasem "Pop" Saengsawang owns several solid restaurants in San Francisco, including the breakfast-centric Sweet Maple and the Asian fusion spot Kitchen Story, but his newest project Farmhouse Kitchen is the one to miss at your peril.
Of the countless plays inspired by the Middle Eastern conflict that Bay Area audiences have been subjected to over the past couple of years, Central Works' Achilles and Patroklos is one of the most sublime. Drawing upon source material from Homer's Iliad -- namely, the Greek hero Achilles' dispute with Agamemnon, leader of the Greek expedition against Troy; Achilles' subsequent disaffection for the war; and his ambivalent relationship with fellow soldier Patroklos and Trojan princess Briseis -- Gary Graves' play is a toughly lyrical exploration of love in a time of war. Less interesting as a parallel with today's campaign in Iraq than as a study of the ways human beings interact when pushed to extremes, Achilles and Patroklos derives much of its power from the performances. Cole Smith's smoldering Achilles walks the line between the heroic and the insane; Alex Klein powerfully conveys Patroklos' split allegiances; and Pamela Davis brings empathy and a sense of the absurd to her portrayal of Kassandra, whose powers of prophecy fall on deaf ears. Passions run high, four-letter words fly, and bodies drip with sweat and blood, but Christopher Herold's mesmerizing production never loses control.
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.'"