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
Many chanteuses can rip the heart out of a famous show tune. But only a few can act. And even fewer can play the tuba. That Patti LuPone can do all three sets the Long Island-born stage and screen performer apart from other interpreters of the likes of Gershwin, Porter, and Sondheim. San Francisco audiences will sadly be denied the opportunity of experiencing LuPone's horn-blowing antics firsthand when the Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd arrives at A.C.T. later this year (LuPone, who played the tuba-honking Mrs. Lovett in New York, is not part of the musical's touring cast). But no matter. For LuPone fans get to see the performer unencumbered by a large brass instrument and surrounding cast when she brings her solo production, The Lady With the Torch, to the San Francisco Symphony tonight. LuPone's love song-centric program balances lusty renditions of favorite ballads like "Frankie and Johnny" and "Something Cool" with soulful mood-makers such as "A Cottage for Sale" and "The Other Woman." When LuPone debuted her torch-bearing show at Carnegie Hall in March 2005, her reaction was simply "what a show, what a hall, what a band." Most performers don't like to blow their own horns, but LuPone somehow gets away with it.
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.'"