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
Through June 16 at Il Teatro 450, 449
Powell (near Sutter), S.F.
Tickets are $17-20
Women in Time's presentation of Molière's 1666 play is a shining example of strong vision executed with brilliance and conviction. Director Sacha Reich reimagines the play in 1950s Hollywood during the House Un-American Activities Committee's investigation of the "Hollywood Ten," and casts accordingly. But while you'll find recognizable characters in The Misanthrope -- the young starlet Célimène (Jennifer Wagner); her love, the cynical, misanthropic screenwriter Alceste (Paul Silverman); her doters Acaste and Clitandre (the debonair Paul Sevillano Jennings and charming Peter Schmuckal, respectively); the aging actress Arsinoë (a viciously snooty Valerie de Jose); and even the western movie star Oronte (the hilarious Kevin Karrick) -- Reich doesn't draw simple parallels to key political and Hollywood figures, nor does she rely on a couple of scenes to justify her choice of staging. Instead she masterfully layers the text with blocking and stage business that tease out the subtext. For example, in one scene the seemingly prudish Arsinoë bites into a cherry; in another, Alceste's friend Philinte (a cool John Ficarro) oozes the play's rhymed couplets in the style of a beat poet. Against a simple and effective monochromatic set (by Mikiko Uesugi), the talented ensemble effortlessly translates Reich's vision of Molière's comedy of manners, in which ass-kissing and backstabbing both have their place -- and in what better place than Tinseltown? ("She's stupid and arrogant," says Célimène of Arsinoë just before they kiss in greeting.) In one of the play's darker moments, all the men confront Célimène on her faithfulness. "Name a name and it will all be over," they demand, and the weight of this line is palpable. Silverman and Wagner, both individually stellar, enhance each other wonderfully, creating moments both intense and touching in this not-to-be-missed production.
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.'"