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
Magic Theater, Fort Mason Center, Building D, Marina & Buchanan, S.F.
Through Dec. 30
Tickets are $22
Word for Word normally stages short stories. The troupe once tried a novel (well, one chapter) with brilliant success, but so far it has avoided poems. The rules of its game involve mounting a work of literature without changing a single word. This method has worked well with fiction, because fiction, in general, has to tell a story; a poem, on the other hand, can go anywhere at all. As a result, this collection of 45 poems, from Carl Sandburg and e.e. cummings to Robert Hass and Eloise Greenfield, is uneven compared to the other shows. Some of the poems are just boring onstage, and all of them are pitched at children. A young boy (Joey Hauswirth) climbs into bed, and funny-faced adults come out to chant verse at him. The narrative poems work better than the nonnarrative ones, unsurprisingly -- "Pumberly Potts' Unpredictable Niece" by Jack Prelutsky and "Have Some Madeira, M'Dear?" by Michael Flanders are particularly good -- but the best pieces are musical. The cast gives Edgar Allan Poe's "The Bells" a stirring, nightmarish choral reading, and Langston Hughes' "Harlem Night Song" is an unexpectedly hip dose of syncopated tooth-brushing. The success of these two pieces is new territory for the group, since neither poem has a plot; it would be nice to see Word for Word do more in the same direction, only aimed at adults.
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.'"