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
Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St. (between Mission and South Van Ness), S.F.
Through April 13
Tickets are $15-22
The longest-running GLBT theater in the country, Theatre Rhinoceros has produced its share of diverse shows (last year's production of Rhinoceros was locally unmatched), but for the most part it caters overwhelmingly to its large male fan base, which can't seem to get enough of shows like Naked Boys Singing. I'm sure that the initiative to produce Tom Eyen's Women Behind Bars, a "stage noir" sendup of women's prison films of the 1950s, was well intentioned -- especially the choice of its all-female cast. But the play isn't particularly successful. Eyen's script is a satire about a gaggle of misfits who end up in a high-security prison run by a bitchy lesbian matron (Mary Knoll) and her slutty degenerate sidekick, Louise (Treacy Corrigan). Together they threaten, torture, and execute their innocent and not-so-innocent prisoners, who claim to be doing time for committing such felonies as killing a hairdresser, pedaling without a bicycle, and poisoning multiple husbands. The intentionally archetypal characters range from the innocent Long Island blonde (Joan Grinde) to the dippy prostitute (Beverly McGriff) to the tough-talking butch dyke (Alexandra Matthew), and the satire isn't entirely funny. While Matthew has a compelling stage presence and Diane Wasnak, as the deranged pyromaniac, performs some skilled acrobatic feats, the acting -- imitating screen performances from the '50s -- is mediocre. Under Russell Blackwood's direction, the play never even gets sexy (unlike the rest of the company's seasonal repertoire). While it's about time that women took the main stage at the Rhino, this piece might have been better -- or at least funnier -- with drag queens. Part of the problem may be that Theatre Rhinoceros does too few plays written by, directed by, or about real-life lesbians to warrant a satire like this. Whatever the case, I think it's best to keep this one locked up, with no chance of parole.
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.'"