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
Starting at $99, tickets to Teatro ZinZanni cost more than tickets to The Producers. Granted, you need not book six months in advance nor buy a plane ticket to the East Coast to see ZinZanni, which makes it somewhat more convenient, but $99 is still a hefty chunk of change for the average theatergoer. That said, the long-running dinner-theater extravaganza is clearly not for the average theatergoer -- rather, it's for curious tourists, flush couples and families, and businessfolk looking for a fun night out. Subtitled "Love, Chaos and Dinner," the 3-1/2-hour spectacle combines Ringling Bros.-type clowning antics and Cirque du Soleil-like acrobatic acts with a five-course meal. The cast members, a talented lot who often double as waitstaff, perform intricate juggling feats, goofy comedy routines, and skilled acrobatic exploits, while the audience merrily drinks and eats. (The meal, which is expertly served, includes a delicious carrot soup, a roasted lamb entree, and a sinful chocolate dessert; the vegetarian dish is nothing to write home about, but few patrons seem to order it.) Despite the performers' high level of athleticism and apparent circus training, the show is more a cheesy comedy than a true circus, with a fair amount of giggling and pointing and innocent disrobing of embarrassed audience members. The sultry mistress of ceremonies, Madame ZinZanni (Doloreze Leonard), presides over an unusual collection of misfits, including oral pingpong-ball juggler Tim Tyler, rico suave chef Frank Ferrante, and mesmerizing muscle-boy/tap dancer Joe Orrach. ZinZanni can be a satisfyingly good time -- if you're one of the lucky ones who can still afford this kind of hoopla.More serious theatergoers, however, may be turned off by the overdone extravagance of this chichi cabaret, not to mention the price.
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.'"