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 murder of a gay man set in motion by a Jenny Jones Show episode in 1995 -- when Jonathan Schmitz shot Scott Amedure for claiming, on camera, to have a crush on him -- inspired this schizophrenic camp drama by Ronnie Larsen. Something odd went on between Amedure and Schmitz (possibly even an affair), so Larsen imagines a night of stilted romance and oral sex between his characters, Stanley and Lee. Octavio Saez De Ibarra gives an earnest and well-tuned performance as Stanley, the gay man, nursing a secret crush on Lee and then revealing it in a trashy way on the Jill Johnson Show. Jeffrey Lippold looks great naked but can't give much dimension to Lee, who's written as a typical straight-guy lughead. Larsen rarely knows when to quit writing satire, and Straight Men is marred by a few scenes of camp where simple drama should have served, but the tense one-night-stand scene is impeccably written and performed. Adrienne Krug also plays Stanley's mom with affecting earnestness. Sister Roma, Dan Renzi, and Allison Smith (as Jill Johnson) do solid work on the silly end of the spectrum. The restraint Larsen shows -- and has to show -- in telling such a weird, tragic story is good for him. Camp is a trap, even when you're good at it, and Straight Men (which premiered earlier this year and returns by popular demand) may still prove to be the grim start, for Larsen, of something new.
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.'"