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
Lisa Peterson's new production of The Winter's Tale at the California Shakespeare Festival does so many things right it's hard to understand why the show as a whole falls flat. L. Peter Callender is a riveting, dignified king of Bohemia, Polixenes, accused by King Leontes of lusting after his wife. Hermione, Leontes' wife, gets a fierce, beautiful performance from Stephanie Roth Haberle (at least after the first scene, when she seems overly jaunty for a pregnant woman). Gina Leishman has composed a nicely understated jazz score for the cool scenes in Sicily, and DJ Quest spins house and techno for a noisy act in Bohemia (which takes place outside the amphitheater; the audience gets up and moves), where cheerful Burning Man wannabes dance in bright costumes. Colman Domingo plays a swishy, screechy Autolycus, the Bohemian rogue, rapping his Shakespearean verse and looking like the devil-spawn of Lenny Kravitz and Evel Knievel. You even get to watch Callender -- normally sober and grave -- dressed up like a rabbi and dancing. In the end, though, Peterson's production is too much giddy cleverness and not enough simple grief. The final, magical scene, instead of transforming the play from tragedy to sweet comedy, is just another fanciful moment in an overimagined show.
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.'"