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
Once famous throughout the league as a haven for misfits and rejects looking to resurrect their careers, the Raiders have for the last decade or more made an art from out of epically wrong personnel decisions.
"The only reason I've ever gotten out of bed was to get back in bed," confesses a dry-witted, sullen Marga Gomez at the start of her holiday solo show The Twelve Days of Cochina. The lesbian Latina comedienne is referring to her cochina-like ("piglike") addiction to sex -- a malady that she seeks to cure with an evening-long journey through the halls of shame, the overcrowded Christmas shopping lines, and the local Walgreens store (where the "Thong Song" pushes her to seduce the Ben & Jerry's freezer section). Gomez begins her sordid tale on a gift-buying spree, spending thousands in the hope that she'll finally get some action from her girlfriend. But her girl flakes out, and she's left with $80,000-plus in unopened presents, an unrealized dish of arroz con tofu, and an all-consuming need to get laid. With the guidance of her dead aunt from the old country, Gomez visits Christmases past (fondly remembering the toy horse she obsessively rode), present (denouncing her dirty ways to become a pioneer for the "cock block" abstinence-only initiative), and future (embracing a cardboard cutout of Angelina Jolie, the last hope for lust in a ravaged, sexless society). Gomez's deliciously bawdy humor finds an avenue through top-notch satire, dildo-based puppets, and vulgar renditions of "Winter Wonderland." At the core of her cunning spoof, however, is the frightening notion of a future America taken over by religious zealots and faith-based charities. Truth in jest? Let's hope not.
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.'"