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
Exit Theater on Taylor, 277 Taylor (between Eddy and Ellis), S.F.
Through June 30
Tickets are $12-18
Like the movie Kafka, Gogol is not a biography of the writer in question so much as a mélange of his stories. Jason Craig and Sean Owens have mixed "The Overcoat," "The Nose," and "Diary of a Madman" in a blender and come up with a very strange clown show, with songs. Not everyone can do clown work, but luckily the cast includes Chris Kuckenbaker, who plays the pathetic, overcoat-obsessed civil servant, Akaky. He can do clown work, and his scenes -- posing in front of a mirror with a new coat, imagining himself rich and proud, or making tea by sticking a tea bag in his mouth and drinking from a kettle -- leave the clearest, most Gogol-esque impressions. The "Nose" segments involve a big, warty clown nose that gets clipped off by a barber and rediscovered in a loaf of bread; they interweave with Owens' oddly pretty songs as Aksenty, the madman. But a lot of the scenes play in a vaudevillian netherworld somewhere outside the stories, where clowns pop balloons in each other's faces and cruise around on roller skates. The wackiness is hard to sustain, even for 90 minutes, and David Malloy's excellent Russian-tinted score is not enough to save it.
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.'"