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
Neither The Dumbwaiter nor
The Lover can be numbered among Harold Pinters major works. So its
understandable that Off Broadway West has packaged these one-act plays
together under a new name: Sex and Death: A Night with Harold Pinter.
The title and pairing are apt, but not perfect. As directed by Cecelia
Palmtag, The Lover (a tale of infidelity) often seems more violent
than The Dumbwaiter (a tale of two gangsters, directed by Durand
Garcia). Like most Pinter plays, they can be played equally well for
comic or dramatic effect. The results here are uneven, with Garcia and
Palmtag going their own ways on tone, timing, and intensity. The
Death portion of the evening has its charms, but suffers in part
because the central conceit two men in a room being given
nonsensical instructions from an unknown source about a job theyre
supposed to do has become something of an avant-garde trope since
Pinter wrote it in 1959. The Lover, from 1962, hasnt as successfully
infiltrated the culture and so, paradoxically, has aged better. Its
hardly a new take on adultery, but it definitely surprises. If youre
up for a lot of intensity and the occasional shrug, youll enjoy
rooting through Pinters work.
Thursdays-Saturdays. Starts: March 17. Continues through March 26, 2011
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.'"