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
As the producer of the annual Fringe Festival and Divafest, the Exit Theatre has long ruled the Bay Area's freeform theater fiesta scene with an iron rod of box-office splits and free pretzels. But the local bastion of underground performance is about to face some stiff competition from San Francisco theater group foolsFURY. Bringing together the work of 13 companies from S.F., Los Angeles, and New York, foolsFURY's "FURY Factory" celebrates the art of ensemble theater -- that is, original productions developed through an ongoing creative collaboration between artists rather than the more traditional method, where the power lies mostly with a director, star actor, or playwright. The three-week festival launches with a party and ends with a weekend-long symposium devoted to raising the profile of ensemble theater. In between, the festival offers an eclectic program of full-length productions, works in progress, and workshops with ensemble theater experts. Full-length works by local groups include foolsFURY's adaptation of Henry James' novel The Turn of the Screw, mugwumpin's Still Standing Still, and Traveling Jewish Theatre's Death of a Salesman. Visiting groups such as Zoo District, Ghost Road, and ARTEL from L.A., and N.Y.'s Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble perform The Defenders, Orestes Remembered, We Play Devil's Advocate (Variation #50), and 10 Brecht Poems, respectively. The works-in-progress part of the proceedings, meanwhile, includes work by Dandelion Dance Theater and movement-based thespian Aadika Singh.
April 11-29, 7 p.m.
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.'"