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
Gitta Mallasz was a Hungarian athlete and swimmer who tried to protect a whole sewing factory of Jewish women during World War II. Her story is reminiscent of Schindler's List -- a phony industrial setup intended to fool the Nazis -- but the bulk of what she tells in her unusual chronicle, Talking With Angels, elaborates on voices she heard in séancelike sessions with her secular Jewish friends, Hanna and Lili. Hanna channeled four voices, or "angels," who gave wise, transformative advice both before and during the Nazi occupation of Budapest. Jungians fascinated by transpersonal psychology take Mallasz seriously. The angels' conversation is very much in line with Jung, and Gitta herself, as a narrator, is charmingly down-to-earth. Shelley Mitchell has been working on a stage version of Mallasz's book since at least 1999. An early, multicharacter effort was awkward, but for the last two years Mitchell has performed a pared-down and rather beautiful solo version, which is on again now at her own theater space, the Actors Center of San Francisco. Mitchell folds herself into the person of Mallasz as an old lady in a crocheted shawl, telling her story in a matter-of-fact Hungarian accent, with no patience for "airy-fairy stuff." (She thinks of her angels as flat reality.) The portrait of Mallasz is a tour de force; Mitchell is in control of every twitch. Her transformation into Hanna channeling the angels is less compelling, and the angels do perhaps too much talking. Their advice is sententious, if hard to argue with; a little goes a long way. "For those who wonder, wonders appear," they say. "If you don't always give, you wither." It's elevating stuff, but onstage the proverbs pale next to Mallasz's wrenching adventure against the Nazis.
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.'"