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
New Conservatory Theater, 25 Van
Ness (at Market), S.F.
Through July 14
Admission is $18-28
Terrence McNally's farce about dull Mafioso types infiltrating a gay bathhouse in 1977 is the sort of trashy but hilarious mutant you'd expect from a mating of mob comedy with Feydeau's A Flea in Her Ear. Gaetano Proclo believes the Ritz is a bathhouse-for-bathing, a Roman bath, where he can hide from mobsters who want to rub him out. He wanders in with a green suitcase and a pink-boxed fruitcake, claiming to be from Cleveland, and finds himself involved with a lounge singer named Googie Gomez and a handful of gay patrons, in particular a "chubby chaser" named Claude Perkins, who likes Proclo's big belly. Good character actors in the main roles keep the show from bogging down: Randel Hart is a vivid, crusty, Brooklyn-accented front-desk man named Abe; Laura Sottile, as Googie, is a trilling, hip-cocked Latina spitfire; and Jim Hoggatt plays Claude as a fragile, nerdish Southerner, a sort of Truman Capote on helium. There is no reason for the play to go on for 2 1/2 hours, and the musical numbers are appalling enough to make Pee-wee Herman look earnest, but McNally's high camp -- when it's acted well -- is hard to resist.
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.'"