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
"I think we're the first theater company to put on this play, ever," says Daniel Zilber, introducing Thrillpeddlers' production of a one-act called A Visit to Mrs. Birch. He insists the script is about 100 years old, but it plays suspiciously like modern camp: Mrs. Birch is a massive, English-Victorian schoolmistress in charge of bloomer-wearing teenage girls. "A visit to Mrs. Birch" always seems to involve a nice vigorous birching of somebody's bare bottom. The acting, mostly, is disposable, but Treacy Corrigan stands out as Mrs. Birch's assistant, who flushes with secret pleasure at the sight of a spanked schoolgirl. Thrillpeddlers has made Shocktoberfest!! a local Halloween tradition; its founders (Zilber and Russell Blackwood) claim to have a huge stack of scripts, mostly in French, from the old Théâtre du Grand Guignol, which was legendary in Paris for cheap, melodramatic horror. Alongside A Visit to Mrs. Birch, you can watch A Crime in a Madhouse, a truly horrible short play about a sane woman spending one too many nights in a French asylum. It's a classic of the genre, and Thrillpeddlers may be the first company to put it on in a very, very long time.
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.'"