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
We wont soon forget Malcolm Grissom. We saw him recently at a Sunday morning audition that was just barely even official. We were there supporting a friend, and we werent expecting anything from anyone. Then Grissom gave us a hometown tale worthy of Garrison Keillor with Bobcat Goldthwaite intensity. He confessed that his mother, still living in his hometown of Honokaa, Hawaii, is more than a little prejudiced toward white people. If she cooks meatloaf and its too dry, she blames whitey. THAT OVEN WAS DESIGNED BY A WHITE MAN! he shouted, eyes wide, pointing toward the imaginary appliance. He definitely woke up the sleepy audience. Today he tells you more about his life story in Differently-ABLED at the SF Fringe Festival, which is all about surprises. The festivals 44 plays were chosen by lottery rather than jury, so theres a chance youll see some less-than-stellar performances. But theres just as good a chance youll see something youll never forget. Take Hitlers Lil Abomination by Annette Roman. Her father is a Jewish Holocaust survivor. Her mother was in the Hitler Youth. What the devil is she?! Its based on Romans own story. To borrow (and slightly bend) Grissoms words, a good performer is not only someone who is funny, but someone who is memorable. Remember that. We sure will.
Sept. 7-18, 2011
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.'"