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 hottest current thing in the world of tapioca drinks, a.k.a. boba tea (or, as Hillary Clinton recently called them when she tried one in New York, "chewy tea") isn't a crazy new flavor or new way to marinate the root starch balls — it's cotton candy!
Many come to appreciate opera through sheer force of will, gritting their teeth through three-hour shows in languages they don’t understand with plots they can’t follow — waiting desperately, as it were, for the fat lady to sing. There is a better way. Just as you shouldn’t go to the races without an inside line on the ponies (ever tried making sense of a racing form?), you shouldn’t attend opera as an innocent. The easiest, quickest way to get worldly is at the four-session Overture: Opera Workshop for Adults, in which you learn about writing, directing, and staging operas from the very people who write, direct, and stage operas. The course load is full of wonders, some a bit overwhelming: After mezzo soprano Renée Rapier talks about her job and sings beautifully for the class on April 30, for example, you’ll do vocal exercises — in front of mezzo soprano Renée Rapier. On May 7, director Jose Maria Condemi talks about directing, then leads the class in theatrical exercises. How about this one: At the first workshop, you’ll write a short libretti. What’s a libretti? Who the hell knows — the workshop is for newbies as well as opera snobs, so don’t worry about a thing. Even the prop guys get involved, as the final class meets at the SF Opera Scene Shop — a huge warehouse in the Dogpatch — to give you a close-up look at what goes into building and lighting those sense-scattering sets.
Mondays, 7 p.m. Starts: April 23. Continues through May 14, 2012
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.'"