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
Normalcy unravels: After you go boombox caroling, a nativity play in a bondage-themed creche takes the edge off your stability. We usually tell you about Unsilent Night in these pages, and as usual, we recommend composer Phil Kline's traveling sound installation see www.unsilentnight.com and bring your portable stereo. But this year, the perambulation runs smack into the arms of Adult Baby Jesus, as portrayed by Matt Cornell, aka eXtreme Elvis, in A Queer Nativity. (Send the kids home now, please; Unsilent Night is great for shorties, but the Nativity isn't. If you need us to tell you that, though ...) Mothering the hell out of ABJ is Mistress Kendra Knight, whose Web site we are too chicken to visit; sing out "Mother Mary, come to me" at your own risk. And because something is very right in the universe, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence play the Wise Men, a visually as well as a philosophically attractive situation. The manger is mobile, and the whole thing is poised to travel and repeat itself several times this evening; the production is only 15 minutes long. Cornell, as usual, has more on his mind than just blasphemous smutty fun; he calls the play "an act of irreverent defiance against religious and political institutions that would seek to marginalize entire groups and classes of people, effectively leaving them out in the cold."
Sat., Dec. 20, 8:30 p.m., 2008
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.'"