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 boozy stage memoir of a career on Broadway is turning into a genre of its own, now that a great generation of Broadway babies is growing old. Charles Nelson Reilly came to town two years ago with a chatty, gossipy monologue that proved to be a huge amount of fun; he rattled off stories about acting classes with Uta Hagen, friendship with Jack Lemmon, and early productions of Hello, Dolly! Now Elaine Stritch is at it with a higher-profile show in which she not only gossips and confesses but also sings, magnificently. "The Ladies Who Lunch," "I'm Still Here," "Why Do the Wrong People Travel?," "Broadway Baby," and a dozen other warhorse tunes are threaded into a funny but melancholy Bildungsroman of success and failure during the great age of New York theater -- when Marlon Brando, Tennessee Williams, and Stephen Sondheim were young. She dated Brando. She partied with Noël Coward. She understudied for Ethel Merman, and claims to have watched her -- Merman herself -- toss a drunk heckler out of the theater midperformance. She fell in love with Rock Hudson in Rome. She also drank, and the drink becomes so hard to ignore that Stritch's battle with it dominates the dark, intimate second act. At Liberty is not just an insider's history of the American musical; it's also a moving personal document, a drama that just happens to be studded with old familiar tunes performed in the old style, from an age before World Wrestling had a marquee on Times Square.
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.'"