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
Type "David Blaine revealed" into Google and you find a cottage industry devoted to exposing the secrets of the brooding performer, who's now in the midst of such a backlash that he offends people simply by sitting in water. But do a similar search on Marc Salem, whose feats are indistinguishable from magic tricks, and you get zip. It's not a question of exposure Salem has performed in front of millions, he's been on Broadway twice, and he's stumped a long line of TV hosts, including Mike Wallace on 60 Minutes. Unlike Blaine, though, Salem isn't out to trick you with sleight of hand. He calls himself a mentalist, and announces on his Web site, deadpan, that he has been "a student of the human mind for over 30 years." In his show Mind Games, he guesses where audience members vacationed, picks out words randomly chosen from books, and identifies objects in people's pockets while blindfolded. In real life, he has helped lawyers pick juries and taught cops to spot liars. How does he do it? For starters, he's a master at recognizing nonverbal communication, a skill he's honed since childhood. "I would say virtually every thought we have has some physical manifestation," he told Wallace, which might sound reasonable if it came from Deepak Chopra and not a guy who can call out, perfectly, the serial number of the $20 bill in your pocket.
Oct. 31-Nov. 12, 8 p.m.
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.'"