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
You may measure your true 415 cred by the amount of times you've strolled into the diner that "never close[s]" (as the sign says), sidled up to the bar, ordered a drink, and received a shot of ouzo on the house — without blinking, looking sideways, or feeling the need to keep an open line to flee for the exit.
Amy Bloom is best known for her first story collection, Come to Me, which deals with affairs, therapists, and other stuff you'd expect to find in a New Yorker story. Three of the volume's stories -- "Hyacinths," "The Sight of You," and "Silver Water" -- still hold up onstage, more than a decade after publication. Word for Word produces works of fiction verbatim (no edits, no adaptations) and the effect is dependably terrific. These three Bloom pieces focus on different members of a Midwestern Jewish family. "Hyacinths," set in the '40s, is about a farm boy named David who watches his cousin shoot himself through the chest by accident, and then moves, under a cloud of shame and suspicion, to live with a glamorous uncle and aunt in New York. "The Sight of You" is told two decades later by Galen, David's wife, who has an affair with a construction worker during a treacherous, glaring suburban summer. In "Silver Water," David and Galen's pianist daughter Violet tells the bizarre story of her sister Rose, who had a world-class voice as a girl. Rose turns schizophrenic and obese as a teenager, flirts with her therapists, and sings nothing but lame commercial jingles. Ringing performances by JoAnne Winter, Gabriel Marin, Amy Kossow, and Katy Stephan make all three pieces work. Randall Stuart's direction stutters a little, though: The puppets in "Hyacinths" are awkward, and the whole evening feels infused with too much sweetness, too much daylight and gentle delicacy, even if the lightness is meant to be deceptive.
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.'"