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
We don't often go out of our way for restrooms, but in the case of Macy's sixth-floor ladies room (sorry guys: you'll just have to make do with having everything else), all who pass through its doors will understand why it's worth the effort.
Jay Levin's new play is loosely based on Steve McCurry, the photographer responsible for the famous image of an Afghan girl with haunted green eyes that became a symbol of National Geographic in the 1980s. McCurry found the girl again two years ago, all grown up and living under a veil in Afghanistan. (She was sorry the Taliban had to go.) In Levin's play, a war photographer named George moves obsessively from one danger zone to another, risking his skin and spending time away from his wife to find an image or a person who might fulfill him in a way his family doesn't. An Afghan girl he once photographed becomes the focus of this quest. ("Her eyes blossomed sun-spears," he says. "The endless dawn of them pierced me.") What might be a solid tale of international politics and self-discovery is overwritten, unfortunately: George talks a lot, in purple prose, about his obsessions with misery, war, and the Afghan girl, but we never quite understand his crisis. Fred Sharkey overacts him, and a layer of cliché clings to all the characters. "I don't want someone who sees with his eyes open," says George's frantic wife, Margie (Manjit Singh), urging him to come home. "I want someone who feels with his eyes shut! If you can't, you're just like all the other men ...." We're meant to take that seriously. None of the plot is unlikely, but every word of the play is forced; Levin's script indulges in maybe too much closed-eyes feeling at the expense of honest sight.
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.'"