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
We don't often go out of our way for restrooms, but in the case of Macy's sixth-floor ladies room (sorry guys: you'll just have to make do with having everything else), all who pass through its doors will understand why it's worth the effort.
The island trend of Hawaiian-style poke, or raw fish/seafood dressed with a variety of sauces and fresh toppings, has been kicking around the West Coast mainland for a while, particularly in Los Angeles, where its lean protein-rich nature is a big hit with the diet and camera conscious.
The Lorraine Hansberry is in the middle of a noble project to mount all of August Wilson's plays about the 20th-century black experience. When he's finished, Wilson will have a 10-play cycle; No. 9 debuts this April in Chicago (it's called Gem of the Ocean). All the plays revolve around the blues as a language and a lifestyle, and Seven Guitars focuses on the leader of a blues band named Floyd "Schoolboy" Barton. Like most of Wilson's characters, Floyd lives in the Hill District of Pittsburgh, but he doesn't want to stay there. In 1947 he cut a hit blues album, and now, a year later, he's been invited back to Chicago to make another one. But there are problems: Floyd's electric guitar is in hock; he has no money; his band is scattered and broke. He also wants his girlfriend, Vera, to move with him to Chicago, but she's being a pain. Wilson's script needs a powerful group of actors, because it moves through long scenes of backyard conversation in such a lazy, episodic style. This cast can't keep things moving for all three hours, but it's still worthwhile for Wilson fans to brush up on the Hill District saga. Seven Guitars premiered in 1995, and in retrospect we get to see how King Hedley II -- the title character of Wilson's 2001 play -- was born.
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.'"