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
The idea is interesting: 17 scenes about a mysterious woman approach her character using oblique, wildly different narrative styles. Her name is Annie, or Anya, or Ann. In "Mum & Dad," Annie's nervous parents talk about the sometimes-pornographic pictures she sends home. "The Camera Loves You" suggests that Ann wanted to be an actress or a supermodel. "The New Annie" is a promotional film in nonsense German about Annie as a slick European sports car. "Untitled (100 words)" imagines a gallery exhibition of her suicide memorabilia. "Strangely" is an obscure glimpse of somebody's murder. "Porno" is a sort of screen test, with Ann smiling on closed-circuit TV while a Slavic (or Italian?) voice-over explains the personal and societal advantages of a career in the skin trade. "Obviously," translates one actor, "porno doesn't keep her from living an ordinary life." The effect is not of a play so much as a series of inkblots, in which you can see and believe what you want about Ann. Martin Crimp is that rare thing, a British avant-garde playwright, and Ben Yalom has done a solid job of directing the madly varied scenes into a coherent-seeming whole, but at heart the script is like Peer Gynt's onion -- peel away the layers and nothing's there.
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.'"