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
Playwright, director, and actor Ian Walker doesn’t make theater that only makes the audience think. “You go to theater,” he says, “and you see something that opens your eyes, but you still need a way to act upon these feelings in a broader or more political level.” His The Lullaby Tree, a Second Wind Theatre production co-directed by Misha Wyatt, is geared toward spurring its audience to action as well. The play follows multiple stories and takes place in multiple worlds. Tim (Walker), an idealistic law-yer, and Callie (Evangeline Reilly) are trying to prove the danger of genetically modified organisms, but, Walker says, “You get the sense that [Tim] is more interested in saving [Callie]” than in saving food. Meanwhile, a boy (Samuel Berston) tries to find his mother (Reilly) in “the realm of legend.” In between, a patch of corn sprouts up in a formerly drowned town — the term for an abandoned town on which a reservoir is created. Walker, who by day works as an environmental health educator for the gov-ernment, seeks to “reveal the folly of our efforts to twist the environment into what we think it should be.” But he doesn’t stop there. “We’ve peppering our blog and our Twitter with background on GMOs,” he says. Second Wind also provides more background at the theater, including, one night, a talkback with Pamm Larry and others behind the last election’s Prop 37.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: April 12. Continues through May 4, 2013
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.'"