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
When employees at a store asks if they can help you find anything, it's usually a meaningless gesture, or at worst, a threat of surveillance, but when Dick Vivian asks you what you're looking for when you walk into Rooky Ricardo's Records, he wants to help you find the funkiest, silkiest tunes he has — of which he has a lot.
Crafty English playwright Harold Pinter is having something of a renaissance in the U.S. these days, what with last summer's Pinter Festival at Lincoln Center and ACT's 2001 season opener of Celebration and TheRoom. In keeping with this trend, Coelacanth Theatricals presents Pinter's impeccably scripted Betrayal for its inaugural production. With a cast of four and minimal set changes, Betrayal seems like a no-brainer for a fledgling company's first stab at success. But in reality this two-act drama is a feat to pull off. Starting in the present and traveling back over the span of eight years, it chronicles an extramarital love affair between a woman and her husband's best friend from end to start, intricately unweaving a tangled web of deceit. A script like this -- so tight one might call it shrink-wrapped -- relies heavily on delivery. Coelacanth, eagerly, rises to the occasion. Despite having never acted together previously, the cast (directed by Hester Schell) is instinctively connected through Pinter's indicting and revelatory dialogue. Colin Hussey, Kathryn Wood, and Hugh Grant doppelgänger Nick Sholley deliver Pinter's pauses with a fierce intensity -- important in a play that is about 40 pages on paper yet nearly two hours in production. Schell uses the ambience of the intimate Phoenix II to her full advantage: The minimalist black stage and set contrast with an adulterous shade of red that appears in different forms, from a searing ribbon to an implicating lipstick. Despite some uneven English accents, Betrayal is surprisingly seamless. If this show is any indication of Coelacanth's talents, Bay Area theatergoers have another new company to look out for.
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.'"