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
Exit Theater, 156 Eddy (between Mason and Taylor), S.F.
Through April 14. Tickets are $10-15; call 626-2665.
This trilogy of one-acts was cobbled together by Isis Arts Collective after the success of Counting the Ways, a brief Edward Albee bagatelle, at last year's Fringe Festival. Counting the Ways starts with the line, "Do you love me?" and so -- too cleverly -- do the other two plays in this trilogy, Decaf by Mike Ward and Points of View by Tom Kelly. Counting the Ways is the reason to see the show. An English husband and wife who might have been strong competitors in Monty Python's "Upper Class Twit of the Year" contest discuss their relationship in quick, sometimes very funny scenes. Danielle Thys plays "She," in silk blouse and pearls, describing how distasteful sex with her husband has become. "Do you think you can just shove it in me?" she asks, in a snooty, fluting voice, as if asking the gardener if he thought there might be asparagus this season. Leo Lawhorn plays her portly, befuddled husband, "He," who admits to loving his wife only in the vicinity of crème brûlée. The play is a bit formal and dry, but also well chiseled and totally meaningless (in the best sense). Decaf, a play about Loss, consists of a strange therapy session involving a husband, a wife, and a domineering psychologist. It's mostly space filler. Points of View, the piece about Labour, deconstructs the experience of theatergoing, and features a good routine about an audience member (Micaelee Ellswythe) and her cell phone. Points has the quality of a clever comic strip. Neither add-on play reaches Albee's inspired senselessness, and the evening as a whole doesn't work nearly as well as its centerpiece.
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.'"