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
A Traveling Jewish Theatre, 470 Florida
(between Mariposa and 17th streets), S.F.
Through April 6
Tickets are $12.50-25
Director Corey Fischer's sleek experiment with a series of new Psalm translations by Norman Fischer (no relation) is a patchwork of music, storytelling, movement, and song. In a cold, modern office, with glass desks suspended from cables covered in useless paper, three suited bureaucrats chant fractured "psalm fugues" or interrogate one another like nightmare agents from the INS. (A motif of interrogation runs through the piece, like "a cruel parody of the 'I-Thou' relationship the Psalms reach toward," according to program notes.) The actors also tell stories from their own childhoods. These personal segments are -- as you'd expect -- the most interesting parts of the show. Rhonnie Washington remembers "White" and "Colored" water fountains and a stepfather who smashed his first guitar. David Roche describes doctors investigating his birth defect (malformed cheeks and jaw), and Annie Kunjappy describes moving from Malaysia to India as a young girl. All three actors are skillful and sharp; they respond sensitively to Daniel Hoffman's washes of live music -- from an electric guitar, a violin, and a Turkish oud -- and each individual bit has been polished to a gleam. But there's no forward motion. The "story of a human soul moving from anger to outrage to outcry to hope to praise ..." that Fischer wants to show us is still a little obscure, and even at 80 minutes the show feels overlong.
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.'"