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
Set in a downtown oasis, the San Francisco Theater Festival offers stage newbies and die-hard performance lovers a potent cocktail of thespian fun, without the exorbitant cost. The festival mixes barebones, site-specific stage production with the kind of highbrow fare you might expect from more exclusive venues. More than 100 troupes and solo performers present work on 14 stages, most of them outdoors, from excerpts to full pieces, each under 30 minutes. Best of all? The festival comes in a variety of flavors musical theater, spoken word, dance, improv, and illusionist tomfoolery, to name a few. Some of the treats include the Eastside Arts Alliances staging of poet/dramatist Amiri Barakas new play, Sisyphus Syndrome, a dreamy jazz odyssey about the African-American experience, with a live score composed by Oakland tenor saxophonist David Murray. Three Wise Monkeys reprises General Admissions, its pithy relationship dramedy about an uptight couple and their night out at the theater, while Lamplighters Music Theatre offers a traditional salute to Gilbert and Sullivan with selections from the operatic satire The Mikado. Given the close quarters, expect a bit of fourth-wall breaking. But despite the fact that different stagings may well be within earshot of one another, the event is no indefinable morass, but a choice opportunity to educate yourself on the exhilarating scope of S.F. theater.
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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.'"