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
Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant (at
Through June 30 (Wednesdays
Tickets are $10-12
Putting prose onstage is never easy, but this co-production between Opening Night Productions and Women in Time is an admirable undertaking. A one-woman show starring the dynamic Valerie de Jose, Not for the Wide World stages three short stories by important female writers of the 20th century in a brief, 75-minute evening of theater. In "Sentiment" by Dorothy Parker, an upscale New Yorker of the 1930s finds herself in a taxicab, mooning pathetically over love lost; as she strokes her offensive-looking fox stole and weeps in agony, she also takes moments here and there to jot down thoughts about her self-obsessed and often comical condition, finding refuge in her self-proclaimed profundity. ("Sorrow is tranquillity remembered in emotion," she muses with pride.) The second story, Katherine Mansfield's "The Lady's Maid," is about a lonely maid in London's 1930s who gave up her one opportunity for marriage out of a sense of loyalty and obligation to her old, feeble mistress. Eudora Welty's "Why I Live at the P.O." is the final piece, and the liveliest, following the story of a young Southern woman in the 1940s who, plagued by the return of her unbearable sister, was driven out of their family's home and into the local post office, where she has since taken up residence. WIT's Sacha Reich deftly stages the three stories, and the talented de Jose is a crackerjack storyteller, effectively swapping costumes, personas, and accents throughout the evening. Despite all of its theatrical merit, the show still can't help having a literary feel; but the intimate space at the Berkeley City Club, along with the evening's overall succinctness, suits the literary gesture well.
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.'"