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
Imagine going to a play and finding yourself wearing headphones, sitting in a "power circle" of 15-20 people, and readying yourself for a "soul journey." Sounds a wee creepy, to be sure. Fortunately, the Dodeska Performance Ensemble knows the risks of forced interaction - thats kinda the point. Promising "a fun but unsettling experience" at The Group, the troupe satirizes the empty platitudes and commercial sleaze of self-help seminars with one of its own, an Enacted Self-Empowerment Workshop. Wearing headphones, the audience is led by a charismatic Group Leader, who is not the peach he seems, while music by composer Alex Duffy sets the mood. Audiences are simultaneously attracted and repelled, snug in their audio bubbles yet forced to share the experience with others, often via direct eye contact. If it sounds experimental, it's not: Dodeska has been disarming audiences with unique mixes of theater, sound art, and technology since its founding in 2003 by Robert Quillen Camp. It's also had fun with locations. Former pieces have been set in an old factory in Brooklyn, a luxury apartment in Chicago, and a SoHo loft populated by giant bird puppets. As for the this workshop's Group Leader, he's played by Ryan Eggensperger, an actor who's been compared to John Leguizamo and Eric Bogosian, a persuasive pair who know how to sell a role. If that's at all accurate, expect to be buying whatever he's selling.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 & 10:30 p.m. Starts: May 29. Continues through June 14, 2008
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.'"