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
Nothing caps off a nice day at the beach like a mouthful of sand — especially if the grit in your teeth is the reward for the grit required to splay flat-out on your stomach, for the prize of a plastic disc in your hand, and all the glory that comes along with it.
Shelton Theatre, 533 Sutter (between
Mason and Powell), S.F.
Through Nov. 30
Tickets are $15-35
David and Amy Sedaris' amusing play about an Amish-like woman called Elizabeth gets an appropriate Second City TV treatment from the Unidentified Theatre Company. Elizabeth keeps her "Squeamish" village financially afloat with a special recipe for cheeseballs. But she can't stand the narrow provinciality of Squeamish life, and when the bearded men take her for granted one too many times, she sets out on her own. Liz lands a job, first, as Mr. Peanut, and then as a waitress in a phony tourist restaurant called "Plymouth Crocks," where most of the workers are recovering booze hounds. Her innocent encounters with the coarse modern world are funny; clumsy acting from the Unidentified cast keeps them from being uproarious. Exceptions include Thessaly Lerner's twittery Sister Constance Butterworth and crass Dr. Ginley, as well as Sam Shaw's swish, insufferable waiter Donny Polk. Danielle O'Hare is also constant and faithful (as she should be) to Liz's pious nature. Amy Sedaris is David's sister: She used to act and write for Second City, and this play comes off as a long-form SCTV skit.
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.'"