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
When the San Francisco Arts Commission wanted someone to dress up City Hall for the building's 100th anniversary last year, and become the structure's first artist-in-residence, it took a leap of faith by choosing Jeremy Fish.
Dr. Jeff Webster is an arrogant, gay professor of "queer theory" at a prominent West Coast university who harbors a prejudice against transsexuals until a bizarre condition of the gonads turns him, abruptly, into a woman. He calls his biological brother "Renée" (formerly Henry) for help. Renée is a transsexual -- a poised and sophisticated New Woman with a taste for tacky skirt suits to rival any flight attendant's. Renée smokes like Lauren Bacall, sings occasional cabaret numbers midscene, and engages her brother in debates that carry sex-identity questions to absurd, satirical lengths. To John Fisher fans this will all sound pretty normal, and his new play is a funny but sometimes maddening campus comedy about gender, identity, gender, gender, identity, and gender identity. As in most Fisher plays, the acting is slack; either the actors have gone totally undirected or they've been told, straight-out, not to act well. The big exception here is Matthew Martin as Renée, who shows what can happen to a Fisher script when someone bothers to utter the lines with conviction. Martin is actively fun to watch, especially during the cabaret numbers, and the surprise in the second act is also a lot of fun, but Fisher can't resist the urge to explain the point of his comic fantasy and teach a lesson, which turns large parts of Queer Theory into a tiresome staged lecture.
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.'"