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 hottest current thing in the world of tapioca drinks, a.k.a. boba tea (or, as Hillary Clinton recently called them when she tried one in New York, "chewy tea") isn't a crazy new flavor or new way to marinate the root starch balls — it's cotton candy!
The 12-year-old Ray of Light Theatre, which produces a couple of musicals every summer, had been talking, for 10 of those years, about creating a cabaret series so that they’d have year-round offerings and be able to “build their base,” says Justin Sadoian, the company’s executive producer. Last year, the dream finally came true when the company teamed up with Martuni’s, the venerable piano bar, to create the Spotlight Series, and this month’s event, “Sunday at the Bar with Steve” -- that is, Stephen Sondheim -- is in honor of Ray of Light’s first show of the season, Into the Woods. This is the cabaret’s first multi-performer event: Under the musical direction of David Möschler, Ray of Light veterans Danny Cozart, Mia Fryvecind, Helen Laroche, and Kevin Singer give a preview of coming attractions from Woods and sing other Sondheim standards, but they also, says Sadoian, “resurrect some Sondheim songs that don’t get a lot of action.” Singing at Martuni’s, he says, is an “exciting opportunity” for actors who are used to the fourth wall dividing them from the audience. “You bring it down to a smaller, more intimate level,” he says of the singers, “because you’re not separated by the stage and bright lights. Audiences are a couple of feet from you, so you can gauge their reaction.” And in true Martuni’s fashion, there will be an open mike afterwards to accommodate others who have caught the Sondheim bug.
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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.'"