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
Nob Hill Theatre, the all-genders-welcome male strip club, is holding it down on Bush Street, and after several decades of D, it's still S.F.'s only place to see full-frontal guys up close, seven nights a week (for $20).
Once famous throughout the league as a haven for misfits and rejects looking to resurrect their careers, the Raiders have for the last decade or more made an art from out of epically wrong personnel decisions.
The masters of (normally animal-free) Cirque du Soleil seem to have noticed that a circus with no horses is like a county fair without pigs. A few years ago Cirque co-founder Gilles St.-Croix presented a horse-and-acrobat show called Cheval to mixed reviews; now another co-founder, Normand Latourelle, trots out his elegant (and more successful) Cavalia: A Magical Encounter Between Horse and Man. Under a semipermanent tent, the horses run free in a big, soft bed of sand. A grottolike centerpiece offers a platform for the acrobats to stand on, or vault over, but in general the performers stay on the horses, guiding them through balletic dance routines and incredible harness-free dressage. A "horse whisperer" from Europe, Frédéric Pignon, also turns up to order the animals around using nothing but inaudible voice commands -- no harnesses, reins, or bits, and only the slimmest suggestion of a whip. The discipline and grace of the horses are amazing; the reluctance to use fetters and cracking whips is impressive. But the Cirque-ish fairy-tale aesthetic is still kitschy and strange. Marc Labelle's scenery and Mireille Vachon's precious costumes draw, in a Disney-fied way, from traditional horse cultures (Rome, Spain, Arabia); Michel Cusson's music sounds too much like Enya (or fake Ravel); and Alain Lortie's lights have the colors and tones of an airbrushed horse poster in the room of a preteen girl. Cavalia casts an illusion of dreamlike purity and freedom; in fact, it's a highly orchestrated and expensive spectacle in a lot behind a baseball stadium, where parking costs 15 bucks.
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.'"