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
There are a number of reasons why you should see a show at The Regency Ballroom — its ornate, turn-of-the-century architecture and eclectic lineup of performers, to name a few — but no reason is more compelling than the venue's ample seating.
In a nut-colored penthouse, with four clocks set to Happy Hour, lives a quartet of queer ghosts: Oscar Wilde, Truman Capote, Tennessee Williams, and Quentin Crisp. An obscure, young, straight writer wanders into this bitches' brew after getting hit by a train. They all know his name -- Gryphon Tott -- and he doesn't understand why. "You can drop the act, sugar," says Capote. "You're an icon." It seems that Tott has joined the ranks of the famous, gay, drunk, and dead because of a homoerotic manuscript he left half-finished on his laptop. Bickering over his book ensues, and the best part of Jeffrey Hartgraves' new play is not the way the actors capture four legendary personalities -- which is impossible -- but the pure energy of the catfights. "I'd give him a piece of my mind!" says Capote, in some context or another, and Wilde retorts: "Oh, he serves it often. It's a regular gray-matter buffet." P.A. Cooley looks terrifically like Capote in a pair of round glasses and a suit. Leon Acord has some of Crisp's manner but none of his voice; Hartgraves himself is amusingly depressed as Williams, but not delicate enough; and Matt Weimer looks less like Oscar Wilde than Meg Tilly. But the show is hilarious. This may be the best thing John Fisher has directed in years. The play moves at a rude, sure-footed clip, and it's packed with witticisms, written by Hartgraves, that are downright lapidary.
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.'"