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
Shuffle into one of the four cozy rooms of the Exit Theatre come September, beer and complimentary bowl of pretzels in hand, and you're likely to be tickled pink by a San Francisco Fringe Festival show. For more than a decade, the fest has been developing keen audiences for theater companies and solo performers -- and because it's all about the artists, not the fancy trimmings or million-dollar sets, thousands flock to the shows and chew the fat with the players. What's great, and simultaneously scary, about the Fringe Fest is that it's an uncurated extravaganza open to all kinds of performers, from classicists to your run-of-the-mill melodrama queen. Tonight, fans can get an abbreviated preview at A Sneak Peek at the Fringe. The topics are all over the place, but the common denominator appears to be a confessional element. Solo performer Stevie Lee Saxon brings to life his Korean Badass, a swaggering Steve McQueen wannabe who courageously weathers cultural stereotypes, knocked-up girlfriends, and disapproving dads. Terri Tate's Shopping as a Spiritual Path takes on a variety of similarly meaty topics: being a cancer survivor, dealing with divorce, and spotting an ace bargain, to name a few. Drama buffs tired of cavernous stages and pompous ushers will appreciate the performances, which are as kaleidoscopic as they are unembellished.
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.'"