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
Sara Moore is not just a former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus clown; she's also a one-time student of Camille Paglia, at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. You'd expect someone with that sort of background to be really fucked up -- and sure enough, Moore's Show Ho is a beautifully bizarre solo performance. A nervous, New York-voiced entertainer named Rhonda Hammerstein (of "the great Hammersteins of Manhattan") joins a second-rate circus managed by a "failed Southern belle" named Corinna Van Cleef. Corinna has the voice and delicacy of a brontosaurus. Her circus rumbles across the country in a caravan of dirty trucks, trailing showgirls, illusionists, teeterboard acrobats, a bunch of sexually confused clowns, and an elephant. The best part of Show Ho is that Moore has to evoke all the characters herself: I've never seen one person portray a whole circus before. Rhonda falls in love with Truly, another clown (with a "goofy-gorgeous" personal style), and they have regular sex with a levelheaded showgirl named Caroline. "Meeting Truly," she says, "was like looking in a fun-house mirror. ... I threw up on him, and he didn't mind." The circus mania gradually resolves into an AIDS elegy. Moore (who's not related to this writer) can sometimes be overly sentimental, and her script feels a little disorganized, but her routines are hilarious -- especially the disastrous stage auditions that have Rhonda lip-syncing the "Queen of Night" aria from The Magic Flute or trying to impress the organizers of a comedy show by wearing combat boots, boxing mitts, and a tutu.
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.'"