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
We squeaked through another year. Somehow we managed not to contract drug-resistant TB, die from overhydration trying to "Hold Your Wee for a Wii," or succumb to lead poisoning after sucking on all those delicious Chinese toys. Such fine health left us ample time 8 hours and 14 minutes per day, according to the most recent Nielsen Media Research to watch TV and stay abreast of worldly affairs. (Speaking of breasts, did you hear that the Australian Navy pays for enhancement surgery for its female sailors?) Rife with absurdity and calamity, last year's headlines are worthy of the finest dramaturge, and Sheherezade VIII 2007: A Year in Review aims to prove it. The annual ten-minute-play festival draws on current events, but avoids the one-note pitfalls of sketch comedy. Of dozens of playlets, some funny and others quite serious, submitted to the Playwrights' Center of San Francisco, only nine were chosen this year. During Sheherezade VIII, Barry Bonds will get his moment onstage, as will aging members of the Police, evangelical preacher Ted Haggard, and NASA astronaut-turned-bunny-boiler Lisa Marie Nowak. How the Vatican's 36-page Guidelines for the Pastoral Care of the Road escaped lampoon, we'll never know, but be warned, cars can be "an occasion of sin."
Feb. 7-9, 8 p.m., 2008
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.'"