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
La Val's Subterranean Theater,
1834 Euclid (between Hearst and
Through Oct. 12
Tickets are $10-15
Alfredo Fidani has directed a stylish idea of Julius Caesar, set in a mob-infested Rome of 1935, where Brutus and Cassius and Caesar himself all wear pinstripes and broad-brimmed hats, and where strains of Italian opera or a melancholy accordion wander up and down the street. Armand Blasi is also a commanding, full-chested Brutus, with just enough Brando in him to look like a potential Godfather. The rest of this production, unfortunately, can't keep pace; there's a pall over the acting that keeps it rigid and unfocused. In the first half it's not such a problem. Shakespeare's talent for suspense keeps the show moving well enough until Caesar's murder, and both John Polack and Stanley Spenger do solid work as Mark Antony and Cassius, respectively. The sprawling second half of the play is another story. Shakespeare abandons any pretense of order or suspense and gives us an empire in shambles, with senators behaving like warlords and their minions fighting in the streets, and it's up to the company, Subterranean Shakespeare, to infect the audience with a sense of urgency. It doesn't. Spenger's Cassius stiffens in the second half, and even Blasi's sturdy Brutus loses steam. Only Polack -- as the fierce, noble-minded Antony -- keeps up his energy all the way through, but for both Polack and Antony it's a losing game.
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.'"