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
If you're looking for a little more humanity and a little less apocalypse on the subject of endings, Geoff Hoyle's Geezer is a very funny one-man show about aging, decline, and death. At the beginning, Hoyle tells us that his father died at 60. Hoyle himself is now 64. "I'm starting to feel old," he admits. Then, in a brilliant bit, he imagines the last few years of life as an elaborate videogame, the savvy player dodging a disease here, an operation there. Of course, even the best player can't avoid every threat, and he soon finds himself crippled, enfeebled, and at last defeated. Game over. Hoyle is justifiably a legend among clowns, so I don't need to dwell on his long-established mastery of physical comedy. What I adored about Geezer is that it's wise and profound and true. After attending too many Marsh shows that feel solipsistic even by the standards of one-person plays, here's a performance that isn't just about the man performing it. Hoyle invites the audience to share the joy that he radiates. Hoyle possesses a rubbery face and a sharp wit, and he understands that a solo performance doesn't need to be masturbatory. Hoyle's is a generous perspective on the world at large, far removed from the pieties that usually pass for political insight on the San Francisco stage.By
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