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
The New Conservatory Theater, 25 Van Ness (at Market), S.F.
Through Feb. 23
Admission is $18-28
This nearly indestructible "penny dreadful" by Charles Ludlam, about a Victorian household cursed by werewolves, Egyptian magic, and the memory of a dead lady named Irma, has been perfectly revived by director Arturo Catricala. Lee Corbett plays Lord Edgar, the Egyptologist, as well as the snobbish, redoubtable maidservant Jane Twisden; Patrick Michael Dukeman plays Edgar's new wife, Lady Enid, the peg-legged servant Nicodemus, and others. The whole point of putting on the show is to make the audience forget -- and then remember -- that two actors are jumping in and out of costume; Catricala makes sure we hear Velcro ripping in the wings. Lady Enid feels odd in Edgar's drafty house because a portrait of Edgar's dead wife, Irma Vep, hangs reverently over the fireplace. Wolves howl on the heath, and family members have been mysteriously shredded in the snow. What else do you need? It's like Poe on helium. Corbett does especially good work as Jane Twisden, with a fluttery falsetto, and Dukeman's strongest role is Nicodemus, the wretched hunchback. ("Don't look down yer nose at me, lady; we're made from the same bolt o' goods," he says to Jane.) The New Conservatory generally does better with high camp than with soft sentiment, and Irma Vep leaves no room on the stage for sap.
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.'"