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
There are a number of reasons why you should see a show at The Regency Ballroom — its ornate, turn-of-the-century architecture and eclectic lineup of performers, to name a few — but no reason is more compelling than the venue's ample seating.
The delicious hybridity of Giacomo Puccinis La fanciulla del West (The Girl of the Golden West) offers molto, molto Cal-Ital pleasures; the title only hints at them. California can claim the story: The libretto was adapted (by two Italians) from a play by native San Franciscan David Belasco, and the considerable action featuring such operatic standbys as sheriffs, bandits, miners, Wells Fargo agents, poker, saloons, and NRA-approved barmaids all goes down during the Gold Rush. This productions incarnation of said barmaid is voiced by soprano Deborah Voigt, whose renown is now global in scope but who received her formative training in SF Operas own Merola program and then as an Adler Fellow. Italy furnishes the rest: the composer, the language, and tenor Salvatore Licitra and baritone Roberto Frontali, to start with. Then there's music director Nicola Luisotti (who conducts all but the final performance, and is slated to take his baton to New York for the Mets production this fall), and Fondazione Teatro Massimo di Palermo, SF Operas collaborator in this new staging of Puccinis 100-year-old work. (The distinctly non-Italian, non-Californian Opera Royale de Wallonie, of Belgium, also had a hand in the production.)
June 9-July 2, 7:30 p.m., 2010
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.'"