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
Improv is like a boxing match. No one knows the outcome, so when someone lands an effective (comedic) blow, the audience hangs on the tension that the opponent will falter, unable to come back or outdo the initial punch. You're my manager! an accounting intern says to his male boss, for example. The bikini is kind of creeping me out. And you don't look like anything like Princess Leia at all. But the members of a good troupe know each other and use that to their advantage, expanding the sketch. Well you look fantastic, the boss replies. I have to say, you're the best Power Ranger that accounting has ever had. This type of comedy usually involves wild gestures and sometimes props and sight gags, but RadioStar Improv, as its name suggests (whose members spontaneously uttered the above exchange in Dress Code), instead records its sketches for podcasts. The thought was that most performance improv relies heavily on the energy of the audience, physicality, and facial reaction, producer and performer Dan Wilson says. What would nonvisual improv look like? Tonight at RadioStar/Submergency, you can see how the troupe does with an audience as it records a session onstage. It certainly has the motivation to do well; its collaborator is a group (also aptly named) known for using water, whose skits carry the potential for sopping vengeance, should the performers fail to perform adequately. It's part of January's B.O.O.M. Fest (short for Best of Off-Market), in which numerous groups who've used the theater during the past seven years return for short engagements before it closes.
Wed., Jan. 26, 8 p.m., 2011
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.'"