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
The Exit on Taylor, 277 Taylor (between Eddy and Ellis), S.F.
Through April 13
Tickets are $12-20
It's about time somebody wrote a satire of politics in San Francisco. Wandering ballot boxes, shifty voting registrars, and the general toxic presence of a political consultant like Jack Davis give off a stink that deserves not just one dire comedy, but a whole uproar -- yet most of our playwrights have been silent. John Warren approaches the problem with a new play called Next in Line, about (unspecific) political consultants. It shows a young local strategist named Bobby Deans working skillfully for liberal causes in a cramped, messy office that doesn't even have a coffee machine. When he lands a contract to help an underdog politician win a state Assembly seat, his friend and (liberal) colleague Maxwell surprises Bobby by backing the conservative favorite. Bobby's not above Machiavellian schemes of his own, but he does have a few scruples, which the Assembly race tears to shreds. The script could easily be transferred to New York or L.A. -- Warren doesn't dig into local politics with any bloodthirsty verve, which is too bad -- where it could educate audiences just as well about everyday rot in the electoral process. Unfortunately, under Jason Ries' direction, it lacks the energy Warren wants to evoke. Nora El Samahy does strong work as Bobby's assistant, but in general the cast feigns the hustle of a campaign office without quite bringing it to life.
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.'"