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
San Francisco Film Society held their Film Society Awards Night at Bimbo's on Tuesday, May 7th. Harrison Ford was in attendance accepting the 2013 Peter J. Owens Award. Photographs by Josh Edelson for SF Weekly.
Philadelphia playwright Greg Giovanni offers a touch of Japanese artistry in A Minor Cycle: Five Little Plays in One Starry Night. This is the first collaboration between Giovanni and the Theater of Yugen, a San Francisco-based ensemble of artists who create works influenced by classical Japanese dramatic forms of Noh, a musical drama featuring masked men, and Kyogen, shorter comic theater. Performed side-by-side, each one-act play promises to be fun, rife with passion and sentiment, and of course, just a little bit crazy. Set to musical compositions by Bay Area native and Mills graduate Edward Schocker, audiences of all ages are reminded of forgotten childhood stories performed by dragons, ghosts, and toy soldiers in the intimate, 50-seat theater venue. Sheila Devitt designed and directs the puppets, while Hideta Kitazawa delivered the masks. In the first act, The Chronicles of Narnia is reimagined as magic textbook, The Gramarye, followed by Steadfast Memory, inspired by The Steadfast Tin Soldier.She Moved Through the Fair becomes St. Matthew’s Fair, and Lady Jingly Jones cribs off The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy Bo. The performance concludes with George, Agnes, and the Dragon, based on the legend of St. George, but not without a brief intermezzi of original songs based on Peter Pan. Dec. 11-13, 7 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 14, 8 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 15, 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 16, 1 p.m.; Dec. 19-20, 7 p.m.; Dec. 21-22, 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 23, 1 p.m.; Dec. 26-27, 7 p.m.; Dec. 28-29, 8 p.m.; Sun., Dec. 30, 1 p.m., 2012
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.'"