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
Head on over to Condor Club or Gold Club to watch UFC 202 Diaz vs McGregor 2 at 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 20th. Tickets will sell out quickly, so to purchase your VIP table and advance tickets for Condor Club click here, and for Gold Club click here.More
MUST CLOSE SATURDAY: I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Readers enjoy ½ PRICE tickets with online code LOCAL at www.theTRIBEproductions.org) Enjoy a hysterical show of musical vignettes connected by one theme: love. Let our players take you joyfully through “Everything you secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit!" Playing at: Bindlestiff Studio 185 6th Street, SF. Thur, Fri, Sat (8pm) & Sundays (2pm), July 15-30. www.theTRIBEproductions.org. theTRIBE has produced in SF since 2013 (“HAIR: the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical,” 2013; “Cabaret,” 2014; and farce “Love, Sex, and the IRS,” 2015), and is excited for you to experience this unique take on Off-Broadway's 2nd longest-running show!More
Guitarfish Festival this weekend! An intimate family, community, arts & music festival held high in the majestic Sierra’s. Enjoy camping in the trees, river swimming, hiking, biking, great food & vending, plus a kids area with activities. Top-notch lineup: Doobie Decibel System Band, ALO, Greyboy Allstars, Lyrics Born, Hamsa Lila, Orgone and many more. A music festival with a cause for the good of the people and our planet! Come camp, dance, swim, & play! guitarfishfestival.comMore
The Tenderloin was set to lose another irreplaceable when the Ha-Ra Club — a low-ceilinged dive of the slummiest reputation, long fallen into neglect, but nevertheless beloved for strong pours, idiosyncratic bartenders, and a long history — was taken over by the crew who run Ace's and Dobbs Ferry.
Word for Word's staging of two short stories, "The Necklace" ("La Parure") by the French writer Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893) and "A Jury of Her Peers" by the American author Susan Glaspell (1882-1948), explores the role of and expectations placed upon women in early 20th-century society. "The Necklace" tells the story of a bored and unhappy clerk's wife, Mathilde Loisel (Delia MacDougall), whose dreams of wealth and excitement are shattered when she borrows a necklace from a rich friend for a ball and promptly loses it. In "A Jury of Her Peers," a housewife, Minnie Wright (MacDougall again), is taken into custody following the murder of her husband. While the town sheriff (Brian Keith Russell) and his partners (Howard Swain, Andrew Hurteau) look for incriminating evidence in the Wright home, the sheriff's wife, Mrs. Peters (Stephanie Hunt), and a townswoman, Mrs. Hale (Patricia Silver), wait for their husbands in Mrs. Wright's kitchen, where they discover crucial evidence about the crime on their own. Performed against Mikiko Uesugi's versatile set, consisting of three simple panels, each with a door, the stories reveal startling contrasts and parallels. Maupassant's wry, detached tone is as much a critique of the petit bourgeois aspirations of Mme. Loisel as of the class system that surrounds her. Glaspell's tale, with its exposé of society's sexist values, is a subtle study of female solidarity. The decision to play "The Necklace" purely for laughs provides effective contrast to the darkness of "Jury," but the giggles come at the expense of the intense cruelty of Maupassant's fable. Similarly, in a story that revolves around the voicelessness of women, Word for Word's systematic articulation of every single word from the source material, down to the "he saids" and "she saids," rather spoils the cavernous, momentous silences crucial to Glaspell's tale. Nevertheless, David Dower's imaginative direction -- together with seamless performances from the acting ensemble -- brings both stories vividly to life.