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
Theatre Rhinoceros Studio, 2926
16th St. (between South Van Ness
and Mission), S.F.
Through June 9
Tickets are $14-16
This sly revival of Sam Shepard's one-act about melancholy American drifters has something in common with Shakespeare's R&J (see review above): A few actors are the wrong gender. Now and then, urban lesbians like to put on boots and pretend to be cowboys, and an all-female Shepard production gives the cast of UStickEm Productions -- a new troupe -- a perfect excuse. A rodeo rider named Eddie has driven hundreds of miles to hook up with his old girlfriend (and relative) May, but May is half-crazy and involved with another man; Eddie, too, has extracurricular entanglements. Haunting the motel room is the ghost of a mysterious drifter who proves to be an ancestor to them both. Shepard flirts with self-parody here, so casting the show with four women is the right idea, but most of the performances wander as much as the script does. M. Plonsey (no one at UStickEm reveals a first name) does her best work as Eddie only when Eddie isn't serious -- as when he gets drunk and starts to throw himself around on the floor. D.R. Adams may be too young to play a mean Old Man, and D. del Valle plays May's lover Martin as a funny but one-dimensional dumbbell. Only S. Taylor does a solid, sometimes wonderfully over-the-top job as May, losing her mind while only half-zipped into her cheap red dress.
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.'"