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
Indoor Shakespeare productions can concentrate on textual nuance and create poignant moments simply because the actors don't have to shout over the wind. This luxury makes Shakespeare Etc's production of the notorious Scottish play worthwhile. Director Claudia Weeks eschews the colorful banners and fanfare of the customary production, instead opting for an extremely stripped-down version. Her Castle Dunsinane is a dark, sinister place. While the sound effects (by Michael Santo) are effectively disquieting, there's no set and only minimal lighting, and the actors wear simple black costumes, which sometimes gets visually boring, especially at dull moments in the text. But at other times the minimalism proves effective in placing more weight on the acting. The Weird Sisters (Mollena Williams, Roger Loesch, and Floriana Alessandria) enter slowly, whispering at first, until Williams gives her lines an evil sensuality. The cast interprets this play as one of secrets and internalized torments that, under pressure, eventually break the surface. "Is this a dagger I see before me?" asks Matthew Henerson as Macbeth, fixating intently on the invisible object before giving a slight, knowing smile. In this precise performance, Henerson lets control give way to sheer fear at the sight of Banquo's ghost (an equally distinct Michael Santo). Likewise, Valerie de Jose's Lady Macbeth drips internal conviction, but then de Jose delivers a haunted and tortured "Out damned spot" speech. Greg Bryan breaks up the intensity with a versatile and amusing turn as the Porter. Kevin Kelleher turns in a refreshingly natural, conversational performance as Malcolm, not subscribing to the "inside of the thigh" approach that plagues other small roles -- in which an actor stands stiffly with his leg turned out, as if to say, "Look at me, I'm doing Shakespeare." With this collection of talented performers, Shakespeare Etc proves itself a company to be reckoned with.
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.'"