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
D’Arcy Drollinger has observed a pattern in the life of Lindsay Lohan: “Change your hair color, get into a car accident, go to the hospital; change your hair color, get into a car accident…” Drollinger is no Lohan scholar, but he might as well be. For his Project: Lohan, a Back It Up production premiering tonight at The Costume Shop (the first non-A.C.T. production at the venue), he did enough research to construct the entire show from found texts. He has culled and woven together “headlines, 911 calls, interviews, videos, gossip sites,” and even court transcripts, creating both a collage and a clear narrative of rising and, of course, falling action. The show begins with Lohan at 17: family breadwinner, movie star, it girl -- but, Drollinger argues, one with too much power and too little support. Under the direction of Tracy Ward, Drollinger and his cast of five play 89 characters and wear 174 costumes to chronicle Lohan’s life over the next 10 years, ending with Lohan dirt from the day of the performance. The multimedia show is as much about Lohan as about what Drollinger calls the “insatiable” media culture that created and crippled her, and perhaps, Drollinger says, she has even further to fall. But for now, he’s “living Lindsay’s life along with her.”
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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.'"