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
Studio 210, 3435 Cesar Chavez
(between Mission and Valencia),
Through June 1
Tickets are $8-10
Over the last few years, Nicky Silver's plays have been popping up all over the city -- and it's no mystery why: Although Silver hails from the East Coast, his writing seems to jell with the San Francisco climate. It's clever in an underhanded way, makes a point without being didactic, pulls no punches when it comes to crassness, and is so far to the left that it's almost to the right. Fat Men in Skirts is no exception, and Flux Theatre's current production of it is a gem. One of Silver's earlier plays (first produced in 1988), Fat Men finds an exasperated Phyllis and her stuttering 11-year-old son, Bishop, stranded on the beach after their plane crashes en route to Italy -- where Howard (Phyllis' unfaithful, neglectful husband) is directing a film. What feels at first like a demented Gilligan's Island episode infused with a dash of Silence of the Lambs (yes, they do start eating people) slowly morphs into an absurd tale of blatant infidelity and hard-core incest (Survivor can't touch this). The play is morbidly twisted but completely engrossing, and under Marc Adelman's excellent direction it never misses a beat. Brett Holland is astonishing as the rapidly maturing Bishop, who starts off as a pre-pubescent weenie but quickly develops into a carnage-eating, psychotic primate; Cheriece White also displays tremendous talent as his distraught, delusional, shoe-obsessed mother. In fact, the acting is supreme all around, and the set designer -- Cat Stevans -- does a wonderful job creating a variety of locales in a limited space. Fat Men is a phat treat. And in case you were wondering, the title of the play has little in common with its content, except that both invoke images as comical as they are disturbing.
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.'"