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
After finding great success bringing Dave Eggers' novel You Shall
Know Our Velocity to the stage (Sacrament, 2004), the
Mission's Campo Santo is tackling Junot Díaz' Pulitzer
Prize–winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.
It's a wildly ambitious task given that the novel covers three
generations of a Dominican family emigrating to New Jersey, a good dose
of Dominican history, a family curse (fukú), and overflows with
references to '80s nerd pop culture. Much like the book, the first
section of this adaptation, which introduces the overweight "ghetto
nerd" Oscar (Brian Rivera), is a bit overwhelming in style and
language. The English and Spanish dialogue is rapid-fire, with actors
jumping around and shouting over each other. By the second section
— when Oscar's punky sister, Lola (Vanessa Cota), and his mother
(Maria Candelaria) and grandmother (Anna Maria Luera) are introduced
— character and plot ground themselves and the audience can
better appreciate Díaz' acrobatic language. The cast is rock
solid; the highlight is Carlos Aguirre, who not only skillfully plays
multiple roles but also beatboxes a live soundtrack over this whirling
dervish of a play. This production is funny, energetic, and
in-your-face; the exact qualities that make the book so original and
Thursdays-Sundays, 8 p.m. Starts: May 14. Continues through June 21, 2009
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.'"