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
It's not surprising that a show called One-Man Star Wars Trilogy exists. You can easily imagine it playing on a weeknight in a 20-seat theater, rented by the performer and stocked with his friends. But Charles Ross is not some run-of-the-mill fanatic with a PVC lightsaber and a catastrophic sense of importance, and OMSWT is not a small affair: Tonight, it opens at the Post Street Theatre, which has 729 seats, and continues along for 11 more days. Ross created the play in 2001, and he's traveled the world with it, getting surprisingly solid reviews, landing press in Spin and Esquire, and appearing on all the right late-night talk shows. Even Sir Ian McKellen, who does not suffer fools, has sat in the audience. But make no mistake: Ross sides with the freaks. He watched the first Star Wars more than 400 times by the age of 10, and sitting through his performance, in which he embodies all the characters and sound effects, is like stumbling upon a virtuosic, Mountain Dew-fueled geek dropping rapid-fire quotes for a discerning crowd in the UNIX club. Ross, however, also tosses satirical commentary into the mix, making the show hilarious even for those who have no clue about the propulsion system of a DC0052 Intergalactic Speeder -- only that Luke is whiny, and Leia wears cinnamon buns.
Feb. 27-March 11, 8 p.m.
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.'"