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
Nob Hill Theatre, the all-genders-welcome male strip club, is holding it down on Bush Street, and after several decades of D, it's still S.F.'s only place to see full-frontal guys up close, seven nights a week (for $20).
Once famous throughout the league as a haven for misfits and rejects looking to resurrect their careers, the Raiders have for the last decade or more made an art from out of epically wrong personnel decisions.
Marin Theatre Company, 397 Miller (at Camino Alto), Mill Valley
Through April 7
Tickets are $24-40
Eugene O'Neill's brief but powerful play about a coal stoker on a trans-Atlantic ocean liner has survived long enough to be credibly produced by the Marin Theatre Company because O'Neill flirted with socialist themes but never made them the core of his play. He knew there was more to a man than his role in society. For this revival, director Lee Sankowich has cast Aldo Billingslea, who's black, in the lead role of Yank, who's traditionally white. When a rich young woman takes a tour below deck to see "how the other half lives," she finds Yank at the fire, sweaty, enraged by something, and about to fling his shovel. She faints. Later she calls him a "hairy ape," but not before Yank has fallen for her so hard that the insult feels unforgivable; he scours Manhattan to find her. Yank's introduction to high society -- and socialist politics -- only inflames him. Billingslea does excellent work, especially with Yank's passionate speeches, although some of his unimpassioned lines are awkward. Sankowich's casting choice adds a welcome new dimension to the show. This play was an early experiment with expressionism for O'Neill, so it's laden with unrealistic and sometimes heavy-handed symbols. Yank's shipmates chant like a Greek chorus, for example, and anonymous rich folk on Fifth Avenue wear commedia dell'arte masks. Also, light shoots harshly through John Wilson's steel-girder set, giving the play the look of a WPA mural -- all angular, unsubtle gesture, which isn't a bad description of the play itself.
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.'"