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
We've all heard the story of a nice middle-class girl who works as a stripper or a prostitute to get through college, but what about the apple-cheeked, middle-class boy? David Henry Sterry worked as a Hollywood gigolo in the early '70s after arriving at the Immaculate Heart College with $27 in his pocket and no place to live. ("What do you mean you don't have dorms?" he asks the registering nun. His parents are oddly cash-strapped and stingy.) Sterry published a book last year about his experiences, called Chicken: Self-Portrait of a Young Man for Rent, and this show improves on it, if only because Sterry puts so much life and energy into his onstage voices. A "chicken" is a boy prostitute. The first thing the young Sterry does on the streets of L.A. is get raped -- I mean, before he even becomes a prostitute -- and shortly afterward a fey, Southern-voiced black man recruits him to have sex with well-to-do ladies in Beverly Hills. This work Sterry enjoys, but he refuses to deal with gay customers, which in a chicken's line of work is hard to avoid. The consequences are ugly, and Sterry tells a sad and harrowing story with humor, energy, and a sharp eye for the sort of characters an "industrial sex technician" might meet in the weird aftermath of the '60s.
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.'"