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
I've been writing about and frequenting the Women on the Way Festival for the last three years: It's one of those performance jubilees that gets bigger and better each time. But I do hope it'll outgrow its modest stomping grounds and three-weekend limit someday. WOW features dozens of local and international women in the performing arts, and it invariably consists of bizarre and poetic pastiches that encompass a universe of genres. It's hard to contain all that talent, but at least this year the three weekends are segmented into themes: circus, original collaboration between dancers and composers, and guided installation. The first two held incongruent treats like cheeky pranks with cowgirls and hula hoops and dance set to the tunes of minimalist maestro Philip Glass. The final weekend covers "performance sculpture," which is to say, it straddles the line between dance and the visual arts. While groups like the Black Stone Ensemble serve up Butoh-inspired meditations on the perilous nexus of body and technology (iHuman), Sha Sha Higby luxuriates in the slow revelations of Noh Theatre and shadow puppetry. In Higby's Glass in Ashes, exquisitely sculpted costume-props made from materials like bone lacquer and silk leaves weave unspoken narratives around ideas of femininity, birth, and ritual. Even if you've been lectured about "not appreciating the moment" or (even worse) accused of "not being grounded in your body," it'll make you consider the spaces you inhabit in a new way.
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.'"