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 final weekend of the Bay Area Playwrights Festival finds fest alumni and stage newbies gathering to see their visions realized in work that packs a punch. It includes Marcus Gardley's every tongue must confess (Aug. 3), a mournful yet incisive piece centered on the legacy of segregation in the deep South and the burning of black churches in the late 1990s. Dominic Orlando's Danny Casolaro Died for You (Aug. 2) draws from a true story about the playwright's cousin, who was found dead while working as a beat reporter probing corruption in the Reagan/Bush Justice Department. While many of the six plays at BAPF take on heated political moments, there are also pieces like Jen Silverman's Crane Story (Aug. 2), a poetic meditation about a girl looking for her brother's spirit, which uses Japanese bunraku puppetry to reflect on the liminal realm between life and death and the uncertainty of memory. Given the plethora of offerings, picking a single event to catch might be challenging, but don't be afraid to take your chances. Since 1976, everyone from Sam Shepard to Philip Kan Gotanda has presented work at the festival, so regardless of what you fancy, it's a great place to see the next big thing on the theater scene.
Tonights offering, Claire Chafees Whisper from the Book of Etiquette, starts at 8.
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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.'"