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
So you went out last Saturday night and wore those new dark-wash, skinny leg jeans that you just bought despite the fact that it's the end of the month and you should be saving that money for your rent check.
Intersection for the Arts, 446 Valencia (between 15th and 16th streets), S.F.
Through May 13
Tickets are $9-15
In his world premiere presented by Campo Santo, Luis Saguar opens the door of the Mission District's Hotel Angulo and allows us to witness its denizens' broken lives. Tina (Wilma Bonet) just made bail, while her guy, Gene (Rhonnie Washington), makes good money as the resident dealer; big boss Chanclas (Joe Lopez) keeps them in line. Bros Mike (Saguar) and Bennie (Donald Lucy) itch for their next fix, as does outsider Pilot (Michael Torres), who also enjoys wearing women's underwear. They're all at rock bottom when the play begins and at rock bottom when the play ends. What transpires in between is a dizzying dance from Gene's room -- where they shoot up and smoke and shoot up some more and smoke some more -- to the streets, where they tell stories of being in jail or committing petty thievery to pay for their next fix, or complain about the lack of decent work in the factories. Then it's back to Gene's room. Saguar may not have created likable characters, but they are incredibly intelligent about their situation -- and tragically overpowered by their addiction. Upon fleeing from Chanclas and leaving Tina behind, Gene recognizes that his "affair" with dope supersedes everything else -- a predicament that Washington conveys with poignancy. Tina (compellingly played by Bonet) counts out dope bags -- one to get her kids back, one for "justice," and one so she can stop dealing -- in a desperate scene that uncovers both her delusions and her realization of them. Only BB (Paul Santiago) has escaped this life: He remains on the periphery, hauntingly commenting on the others' lives ("We licked our language all over our body") accompanied by Lopez's strong guitar. Saguar's writing falters a bit with Mike's wife, Carol (Catherine Castellanos): She rattles off the usual platitudes of someone leaving an addict (for example, she tells him to go before "your poison becomes my poison"). While Hotel Angulo tells us nothing new about addiction, it remains a rich tapestry of inner stories and thoroughly entwined in its neighborhood.
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.'"