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.
Rock 'n' roll comes from the blues, which has commonly been called "the devil's music," and according to playwright Stephen Jeffreys who penned the movie The Libertine, starring Johnny Depp it actually is. The Lorraine Hansberry Theatre's new version of Jeffreys' show explores the mythology surrounding the mysterious crossroads at which certain musicians get their talent in an exchange with the Prince of Darkness himself. (Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, and Robert Johnson all reference this place in their lyrics.) Onstage the soulful Charles Branklyn portrays Jesse Davidson, a beat-down, in-hiding blues legend who hasn't picked up his guitar in 14 years, letting the world presume he's dead. Peter Sroka is Karl, the excessive, Jaggerlike rock star who's made millions covering Davidson's songs. When these two meet down in the Mississippi Delta in a shotgun shack a marvelous creation by set designer Lisa Clark they find themselves at the crossroads. What ensues is a thrilling if bloated debate about real blues, rock stardom, and the price a musician pays for his gift. Despite the leisurely pace and a somewhat superfluous side plot involving Davidson's daughter (Natasha Noel), director Stanley E. Williams' production is an intellectual turn-on that rivals any night rocking out at the Fillmore.