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
We will dispense with the double entendres: Carol Doda, who we lost in November, was a San Francisco hero who will be rightly celebrated and remembered as long as the town she helped create still stands, the torch held aloft along Broadway and kept alight in neon.
George Coates' hard-core fans will be excited to see him return to the world of multimedia theatrics, but those who fawned over his brilliant production of Valerie Solanas' lost play Up Your Ass two seasons ago (myself included) may be disappointed with this latest concoction. The Crazy Wisdom Sho begins with the cast of three singing an upbeat Nigerian tune (which we learn means "Your dying day is coming to get you") and continues with nearly two hours of proverbial eccentricity -- not all of it comprehensible. The play is framed by a (very) loose adaptation of Shakespeare's Othello and involves several other abstract underlying stories. One of them depicts a man (played by the Nigerian actor Babatundé Garaya) who is studying how to speak from a TelePrompTer in order to rule his country, an obscure dig at the present domestic political situation that becomes clearer as the play progresses. Throughout, Garaya reveals bits of wisdom (inspired by Sufi and Zen teaching, and often quite funny), while his schizophrenic teacher/wife/who-knows-what (played expertly by Sara Moore) morphs from one personality to the next, occasionally rummaging through a trunk for costumes. Moore, who originated the role of Bongi Perez in Up Your Ass, is undeniably the main attraction. One of the city's most versatile actors, she portrays a variety of personalities -- a Midwest receptionist, a coarse male New Yorker, a scholar obsessed with the real authorship of Shakespeare's works -- with an infallible tongue and a radiating presence. Moore's commanding vocals are also well used in song, and her comedic timing is exceptional. Still, despite descriptive, multimedia overhead visuals and engaging stage props (human-size fire extinguishers, giant Styrofoam chains), it's a challenge to tie it all together. The Crazy Wisdom Sho is crazy as all hell, but it's hard to say how wise it is.
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.'"