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 most clichéd things you can possibly associate with San Francisco are the Golden Gate Bridge and fog over the bay, but looking out at the bridge in a thick fog from Kirby Cove, with the skyline of the city peeking through, is just as magical as it is stupidly clichéd. Although you have to make your way to the Marin Headlands to experience this view, the Kirby Cove campgrounds are well worth the adventure into that home base of the anti-vaccination movement, just for their gorgeous view of the city.
Though Adriano Paganini's restaurant specializes in Roman-style wood-fired pizzas, you'd be remiss to skip out on its appetizers, in particular the broccolini bruschetta, a dish that may very well become your new favorite way to eat these tiny trees of the produce world.
2926 16th St. (between South Van Ness
and Mission), S.F.
Through June 2
Tickets are $12-20
Spanning the time period from African roots to American slavery to snap divas, Marvin K. White's for colored boys may be an "homage" to Ntozake Shange's classic choreo-poem "for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf," but the title alone telegraphs that this ain't no show about Black Women's Pain. No, honey, this is all about the African-American gay male experience. (Snap. Snap.) The company of five talented men spiritedly directed by Johari Jabir slips exuberantly between pathos and joy, sensuality and hilarity, lyricism and satire. White's poems lend themselves to a theatrical presentation (it doesn't hurt that he's a former member of Pomo Afro Homos), and on a stripped-bare stage we are treated to poetic vignettes acted, danced, and sung. Even if a poem here or there doesn't grab your attention, or if some performances prove uneven, the overall production is still successful in communicating the facts and fictions about gay black men -- which are more universal than you might imagine. The hot comb may straighten the hair, but it won't straighten the man. (Snap. Snap.) Being gay in the black community and black in the gay community is a double whammy, and White translates this schism with lyrical force, avoiding clichés and staying off the political soapbox. Although for colored boys does not maintain the sustained force of the play based on "for colored girls," it does have passion and admirable conviction. Does that translate into enlightening entertainment? Girlfriend, it's a snap.
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.'"