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
Terrence McNally’s Corpus Christi, a play that envisions Jesus as a gay man in 1950s Texas, has created just as much drama offstage as on since its 1998 premiere. The original Manhattan Theatre Club production generated so much outcry — and so many bomb threats — that audiences had to pass through metal detectors and the show was temporarily canceled. In 2006, 108 Productions mounted its own version of the play, directed by Nic Arnzen, with the 12 disciples played by actors of different ages, races, and genders. The show was slated to run for eight nights, but it has continued through the present day, touring cities around the world. Today the group premieres a documentary about its experience, Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption. It was co-directed by Arnzen and James Brandon, who also plays Jesus in the stage production. The film follows the cast as they cope with hostility touring the American South and also as each member, as Arnzen says, develops “a different and stronger view of spirituality and themselves.” Tonight’s event features a Q&A with the cast and a performance by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. Additionally, 108 Productions performs the play at multiple locations this weekend. Long-simmering resistance to the project has bubbled to the surface. Thousands have signed a petition denouncing the film, and protestors are expected at the premiere. Nonetheless, Arnzen’s attitude remains positive: “The film is a message of love and equality. [The protesters] are making a mistake. Once they say they’re against us, they see how many people are against them.”
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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.'"