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
The fall of the Soviet Union freed not only political prisoners and some high-end vodka brands but also truckloads of culture -- including some fairy tales so dark they make Tim Burton and Edward Gorey look like My Little Pony. One is Tontlawald (in previews this weekend), an Estonian tale adapted by Cutting Ball Theater with the help of a Poland-based group called Teatr Zar that seeks centuries-old stories and polyphonic songs from former Soviet republics. Cutting Ball playwright Eugenie Chan wrote a script based on Tontlawald, joining two directors and a choreographer to create a production that mixes theater, dance, and choral music. In the tale, a girl called Elsa accidentally wanders into a horrorshow of a forest -- Tontlawald -- but she remains because it seems better than returning home, where she’s regularly beaten by her stepmother. She’s befriended by a maiden, who takes some of her blood to make a copy of her that will go home in her stead and eventually exact revenge. There’s also a black cat the size of a horse, a deadly snake that sprouts from a head, and a rooster who makes dinner fly onto the table by itself. When she becomes a woman, Elsa is turned into a bird and sent back into the world. She’s shot by a hunter but transforms back into a woman when she falls. Turns out the hunter was a king’s son, who finds her, falls in love with her, and marries her. Happy ending? Maybe, but we bet Elsa has a truckload of trust issues.
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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.'"