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
San Francisco Film Society held their Film Society Awards Night at Bimbo's on Tuesday, May 7th. Harrison Ford was in attendance accepting the 2013 Peter J. Owens Award. Photographs by Josh Edelson for SF Weekly.
When it comes to romantic comedy, everybody knows what's going to happen from the moment the curtain rises: Harry and Sally meet, they argue, they make up, they live happily ever after. So you have to give people a compelling reason to stay in their seats. Shakespeare employed a whole gamut of devices to keep the groundlings glued to the, er, ground, from fairy magic (A Midsummer Night's Dream) to oaths of abstinence (Love's Labors Lost). Deborah Zoe Laufer does it -- rather elegantly -- with a crystal ball. In Marin Theatre Company's world premiere production ofLaufer's new comedy, a pair of star-crossed lovers get mixed up in the semantics of fate. A nerdy and desperate accountant (Darren Bridgett) appears on a fortuneteller's doorstep in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y., demanding to know whether he'll ever fall in love. The jaded seer (Julia Brothers) wearily looks into her client's future. She foretells one set of events, but as the play unfolds, manages -- quite inadvertently, and very much against the rules of augury -- to bring about another. Set designer Steven Coleman's take on a fortuneteller's parlor, with its layers of delicately colored gauze that shift mystically through the artistry of Jaymi Lee Smith's lighting, provides an otherworldly backdrop for the snappy colloquialisms of Laufer's dialogue. Energetic slapstick performances from Bridgett and Brothers and economical direction by Lee Sankowich convey both the foolish and the quasi-philosophical in the not terribly profound but nevertheless playful text.