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
David Mamet wrote this triptych of short plays about his own Jewish neighborhood early in his career, then revised them in 1997. The plays are more autobiographical than his best work -- Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo -- so they should be more honest and free, but somehow they're not. The Disappearance of the Jews has Bobby Gould (Mamet's alter ego) talking to a school friend about their upbringing. The two actors -- Michael Santo as Bobby, Ron Kaell as his friend Joey -- sometimes have to force their way through emotional moments, and sometimes they miss the rigid timing of Mamet's overly simple dialogue, but the characters grow on you. The same goes for Jolly, the middle piece, about Bobby's frustrated sister, complaining about her now-dead parents. "The kinda background we come from?" she says. "It's a miracle we can wind our own watch." Amy Resnick makes Jolly an appealing, kvetching housewife, but those of us who know her work also know that Resnick is bending and restraining her considerable talent to play Jolly as Mamet has written her. And there's nothing Delia MacDougall can do for Deeny, the simple-minded subject of Mamet's third piece of the same name. Deeny is a bit of a birdbrain, twittering to Bobby over drinks about urban gardening and her job. Birdbrains can be interesting, but Mamet gives Deeny so little dimension that MacDougall also has to cramp herself to get through the lines. Mamet tends to fall into a rut with his dialogue: He finds a colloquial pattern that in his best work sounds realistic and tough, but here it just sounds mannered and needlessly obscure.
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.'"