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
In the middle of the desolate South African karroo wilderness, the widowed Miss Helen tirelessly builds her "Mecca." Far from being a hallowed destination for international pilgrimages, the old lady's version of the holy city -- a fantastical construction of concrete owls and mermaids, candles, glitter, fragments of mirror, and beer bottles -- keeps most people away. Second Wind's staging of Athol Fugard's profound and touching play about one woman's drive toward self-expression and independence in a hostile, God-fearing desert community transforms the dreary, low-ceilinged Phoenix Theatre into an oasis of color and light. The gentle warmth of Linda Ayres-Frederick's performance as Helen keeps the sadness and anger of her character bubbling just below the surface. In contrast, Andi C. Trindle Walker, as the young, idealistic schoolteacher Elsa, who drives 800 miles across the karroo from Cape Town to see Helen, is all forthright hotheadedness above and softness below. Evren Odcikin's careful direction draws out the differences between these two main characters, while Fred Sharkey's snug, ramshackle set, with its tatty furnishings and bright, homemade decorations, creates a nestlike sense of community. The South African accents might stray now and again (Dennis McIntyre, as local pastor Marius, sounds more like someone you'd hear around the real Mecca than an Afrikaner), but our attention doesn't.
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.'"