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's no secret to helping you focus better — unless you count Adderall — but studies have shown that listening to music before or while performing a task can improve attention, memory, and even your ability to perform mental math.
Last year, Jeff Raz took a year-long sabbatical from the Clown Conservatory, which he founded, to play the central role in Cirque du Soleil's Corteo. In the show, the clown imagines his funeral procession as a lyrical pageant attended by riotous acrobats and winsome angels. It wasnt farfetched, given Raz rich and colorful 30-year career. By conjuring delight out of human fragility, hes earned a following from the isolated villages of Alaska to footlights of Broadway. This months "Clown Cabaret" marks his first local stage appearance since Corteo, and, of course, hell be hilarious company. Paoli Lacy, who teaches clown therapy at the Conservatory, directs the monthly hothouse of pratfalls, greasepaint, and glee, which, as always, includes some polished routines by the physical comedians of Pi, as well as some material in development by other clowns about town. Even before their absurdist send-up of Bush and Cheney in November, "Clown Cabaret" was selling out the house, so arrive early if you want to catch Raz before Corteo takes him to Japan this summer.
Mon., Jan. 5, 8 & 10 p.m., 2009
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.'"