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
Iris Bahr's career to date has been about as varied as the many characters she embodies in her latest show. The thirty-something American-Israeli performer, writer, and director has worked for Israeli intelligence, appeared in assorted episodes of Curb Your Enthusiasm, conducted neuropsychological research at Stanford University, written and published a memoir based on her travels in the Far East (Dork Whore: My Travels Through Asia as a Twenty-Year-Old Pseudo-Virgin), and personified a celebrity- and politician-boffing Russian prostitute by the name of Svetlana on a weekly NPR commentary show. In Dai, a solo piece set in a Tel Aviv café just moments before a suicide bomber wreaks havoc on peoples' lives, Bahr brings 11 characters spanning a broad cross-section of Israeli society to life. A young American soldier serving in the Israeli militia, a snobbish Israeli expat now living in New York, a Palestinian academic, an American actor and a hard-line West Bank settler -- among other lively characters -- share their stories with us, unaware of their imminent fate. The show, whose title means "enough" in Hebrew, enjoyed two critically-acclaimed runs Off-Broadway and was nominated for a Drama Desk Award and UK Stage Award.
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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.'"