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 only problem with a mock beauty pageant performed in drag by men in a gay theater, with real judges in the audience, to subvert the culture's glossy dominant paradigm of female beauty, is that -- well, there are a lot of problems, but the main one is it's been done before. Right? At least this musical comedy by Bill Russell, Frank Kelley, and Albert Evans feels like old cheese. Six ladies from different parts of the United States -- Miss Bible Belt, Miss Industrial Northeast -- strut and perform in "The 2005 Glamouresse Beauty Pageant," which is one long and blatant infomercial for Glamouresse makeup and beauty products. In the spokesmodel competition, the girls try to outdo each other promoting products like "Smooth-as-Marble Facial Spackle" or solar-powered hair rollers. There's a slick, Tommy Tune-like host ("Speaking of masculine flair," the ladies gush, in chorus, "just look at what he's done with his hair!") and musical numbers that all, in varying degrees, rather suck. "I'm proud of living on the San Andreas Fault," sings Miss West Coast, blinking under the hot lights. "I'd rather live on the edge than in a vault!" (Huh?) Making fun of something that borders on self-satire in the first place needs more energy than Russell and Kelley have put into the lyrics or book; the only original part is that people bother to laugh.
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.'"