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
After visiting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Gerry E. Studds -- the first openly gay member of Congress -- declared, "Of the many places we [homosexuals] never existed, certainly the Holocaust was one, in most people's minds." Keeping this idea in mind, Theatre Rhino Artistic Director John Fisher has revived Martin Sherman's award-winning and extremely relevant play about a gay man in 1934 Germany, where the only thing considered lower than being marked by the yellow Jewish star was being marked by the pink triangle. The inspired set design of Erik Flatmo depicts Max (a passionate Clayton B. Hodges) descending from his booze-filled Berlin party pad through a cabaret dressing room, a tent city, and a detention train, and finally drops him onto a barren stage with a pile of heavy rocks for the devastatingly written, produced, and performed second half. This affecting production starts a bit glibly with clichéd performances but soon erupts into an unsettling powerhouse that provokes, educates, and also entertains. Grounded by Kevin Clarke's heartfelt portrayal of a prisoner dignifying his pink badge, the rock-bottom end leaves audiences in the midst of an unequivocal horror that somehow still allows space for intimate love and self-acceptance.
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.'"