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
Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson (between
Battery and Front), S.F.
Through March 2
Tickets are $15-20
The second annual festival of one-act plays by new local writers -- called BOA, which almost stands for Bay Area One-Acts -- is a mixed bag, judging from the second weekend in a revolving, monthlong series. For some reason these festivals inspire playwrights to worry local themes. Knock Yourself Out, by River Jackson, is set on a Muni bus. In spite of some good lines and an edgy performance by Ray Rea as an obnoxious Muni customer, the humor probably won't travel any farther than Oakland. Scott Munson's A Spider on the Radio shows a spider hiding from destructive human beings in a dark corner of a radio station modeled on KPFA. The characters are local stereotypes, and the jokes feel old before they land. Ed Brownson's afterlife drama Soul's Rust, about a woman who's grown cynical and drunk in purgatory, is amusing but a little arch; it isn't sure whether to take itself seriously, and flows better when it doesn't. The best of the lot is Trevor Allen's piece about Disneyland's sorrowful underbelly, The Alice Unit. It seems to be a sequel to his funny solo show, Working for the Mouse, and fleshes out the drug-fueled misadventures of jaded kids who dress up as Alice in Wonderland or the Mad Hatter and walk around the Magic Kingdom all day, trying to make children happy.
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.'"