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
For the past seven years, Golden Thread Productions' ReOrient festival has brought the Middle East sharply into focus for Bay Area audiences. Featuring six short plays, this year's series covers themes as broad as cultural difference, typecasting, war, and displacement. Those works that treat difficult or unpleasant subjects through humor are, in general, more effective than those that take a more didactic or abstract approach. For instance, Shahé Man\kerian's Worm, set in a men's restroom at a wedding celebration between an Armenian man and a non-Armenian woman, wittily and lovingly explores the tensions between following your heart and honoring your race; it features animated performances from the entire male cast. Similarly, Enrique Uruéta's Learn to Be Latina delivers a serious message about racial stereotyping in the pop music industry through zany, stylized theatrics. And in Torange Yeghiazarian's bittersweet short, Call Me Mehdi, a mixed-race couple's discussion of Persian jokes opens a complex cultural rift. Unfortunately, the dated expressionism of George Crowe's Parable for a Dark Time, Yussef El Guindi's rambling rant about American intervention in the Middle East, Sniper, and Naomi Wallace's indifferent A State of Innocence -- concerning a confrontation in some kind of zoo-cum-Purgatory among a young Israeli soldier, a Palestinian woman, and a Russian-Jewish architect -- do not live up to the cleverness and grace of the other three offerings.
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.'"