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
With neighborhood institutions like the 21 Club closing to make way for yuppie cocktail bars, Brown Jug remains an oasis — and one that takes full advantage of the state's operating hours window, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
Orange juice, international fiscal responsibility, close friends who turn out to be mass murderers there's a lot on playwright Steve Waters' mind. Flipping back and forth between Brussels and a nonexistent village in Africa called Irundi, World Music deals with the personal and political fallout of a fictitious genocide that brings to mind the tragic events of Rwanda and Burundi, where more than 800,000 people were murdered in 1994. The protagonist, Geoff Fallon, is a British liberal working in the European Parliament whose friendship with African civil servant Jean Kiyabe is impeding his ability to see that evil is closer than he can imagine. Waters seems to want this play to act as a tribunal in which the virtues of the European Union are debated; as a result, the political discourse at times upstages the drama and the characters occasionally feel like two-dimensional mouthpieces for Waters' lofty rhetoric. The flashbacks to Irundi take us out of the action and derail the arc of the story. However, sometimes a single performance is so strong that it carries an entire production: L. Peter Callender inhabits Kiyabe with a virtuosic blend of technique and raw emotion that reminds us why we go to the theater in the first place to be confronted with the full range of our humanity.
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.'"