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
More Bigger (Masses) begins with the classic absurdist scenario of someone stuck in a situation beyond his control: The character Guy Johnson, says performer Gabriel McKinney, “is in an office, ready for a meeting, and it’s getting delayed, getting delayed” — for years on end. Nathaniel Justiniano, producer of this one-night-only, Black Hive Theater Projects production, says Johnson is “like Gollum;” you can detect the vestiges of an average businessman in him — his costume shows a shred of khaki pants here, the sleeve of an ox-ford there — but he’s fundamentally transformed. Yet in a distinctly American twist, Johnson doesn’t despair. “The guy’s unbreakable,” says McKinney. “The moment he comes in, he’s like, ‘This is the day. This is the day I’m gonna get my promotion’ — despite over-whelming evidence to the contrary.” That “fervent, contagious” energy, says Justiniano, gives the solo show its humor. (McKinney is trained in improv and clowning.) But if it’s funny on the surface, says McKinney, it’s also “a cathartic revelry in [the] greed and avarice” that caused the 2008 financial crisis. For some, he continues, high finance is just a game; for others, the game is “so real that they’ll never be able to extract themselves from it.”
Tue., March 12, 8 p.m., 2013
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.'"