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
Actors Theater, 533 Sutter (between Powell and Mason), S.F.
Through April 21. Tickets are $25; call 296-9179.
Novelist Don DeLillo's second full-length play (after The Day Room) features Michael, an industry analyst, who flies by accident to Valparaiso, Chile. The American press gets ahold of his story, and Michael makes the round of talk shows as the "business traveler who bumbled his way into an epic adventure," having skipped from Valparaiso, Indiana, to Valparaiso, Florida, before finding himself -- whoops! -- on a plane to South America. The play shows his interview tour and gradually fills in details of the trip. DeLillo is less interested in Michael's journey than in the labyrinth of the American System, from its airport lines and computer grids to the media's gargantuan appetite for trivia. Soon we learn that maybe Michael was trying to escape his marriage and mediocre job; a talk show hostess even suggests on air that his pregnant wife is carrying someone else's kid. This could all be very funny if it were well paced or well performed, but most of the cast seems unsettled in the script. The one powerfully acted scene has Michael (Chris Phillips) alone in a studio, delivering an intense speech into a microphone. He rises to eloquence about his wife, about solitude, about his view of the snow-capped Andes from the plane -- and the whole thing is just a sound check. Too bad the rest of the play feels like just a rehearsal.
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.'"