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
In 1987, French-Senegalese writer Marie Ndiaye published a 100-page novel comprising a single sentence. Ndiaye's first work for the stage, Hilda, receiving its American premiere at ACT (translated by Erika Rundle), is essentially a play for a single actor masquerading as a three-person piece. Hilda centers on Mrs. Lemarchand, a bored and lonely upper-middle-class wife who pathologically strives to control the lives of those around her, namely that of her new maid, Hilda; Hilda's husband, Frank; and their family. Lemarchand dominates Ndiaye's drama. Exerting her will to possess and destroy through schizophrenic bouts of suffocating love and malicious blackmail, she's a sort of spiritual sister to psychotic fan Annie Wilkes in Stephen King's Misery. Her sheer immensity renders Ndiaye's intense psychosocial study a directorial challenge: When one character has most of the lines and virtually all of the action, what do you do with the other two bodies onstage? Unfortunately, director Carey Perloff opts for the bulldozer approach, making Marco Barricelli (as Frank) and Lauren Grace (as Hilda's sister Corinne) look like little more than bumps in the earth, easily flattened by Ellen Karas' rampaging Lemarchand. While Karas gets the full run of Donald Eastman's stark, white set to milk the madness of her character in perky twin-sets and pearls, Barricelli and Grace don't get to do much but stand inertly in the corner. The play's central themes of slavery and domination are powerfully conveyed by the absence of Hilda from the cast of characters in Ndiaye's text. Yet Frank and Corinne's essential passivity translates as callousness; they fail to resist Lemarchand (as if they don't care enough about Hilda to put up a fight), and so undermine our yearning to see the maid herself.
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.'"