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
For the gay community in San Francisco, a lot has happened since 1978. That was the year a rainbow flag was hoisted high and proud at the Gay Pride Parade for the very first time. Tragically, it also marked the assassination of city supervisor Harvey Milk. That night, a group of people who would become the core of the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus assembled on the steps of City Hall and sang their hearts out. This clarion call against hate and intolerance became the perfect mandate to heal a community -- and what better way to do that than through bombastic orchestras, thundering canticles, and the therapeutic power of some serious harmonizing? While the chorus has since branched out from that first memorial hymn, its latest season is proof of its ability to embrace both solemnity and celebration. This year it adds a dash of playfulness and sex appeal to its 30th anniversary show, "Bump and Grind," a provocative redux of their annual cabaret production. The performance pays homage to the golden age of art deco, swing, and speakeasies. The burlesque babes of queer, all-female troupe Twilight Vixen Revue swivel their hips and pasties to the accompaniment of crowd-pleasing tunes from musicals like Chicago and Cabaret, belted out by the chorus' most prominent solo performers.
Fri., March 21, 8 p.m.; Sat., March 22, 2 & 8 p.m., 2008
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.'"