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
When we first heard about Abigail, the rock opera about the Salem witch trials, we thought, This isnt already a thing? GTFO! Then we remembered we think that about every theater piece or most everything, actually because what endeavor wouldnt benefit from waves of overblown guitar and fist-raised scream-singing? Were surprised that Jesus, hippies, assorted transpeople, and a guy playing pinball have the genre locked. For their part, the witch trials are tremendously suited to the rock opera treatment because of all the Puritans, darkness, black clothes, Christianity, Satanism, hangings, and witches, all of which require the sustained presence of power chords, as any heavy-lidded Sacto longhair will lecture upon. Not to mention the fact that the production is the work of the people behind successful locals runs of rock operas since 1998, including Jesus Christ Superstar, Tommy, Rocky Horror, and Pink Floyd: The Wall. Youre in good, bloody hands with this one.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Aug. 18. Continues through Aug. 27, 2011