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
Nob Hill Theatre, the all-genders-welcome male strip club, is holding it down on Bush Street, and after several decades of D, it's still S.F.'s only place to see full-frontal guys up close, seven nights a week (for $20).
Recent fans of Copenhagen who missed Michael Frayn's 20-year-old London hit Noises Off may not recognize their man. Copenhagen is a sober historical play about quantum physicists during World War II, trying to develop (or thwart) the atom bomb. Noises Off is a wild farce about a stage company touring the British provinces in a disastrous sex romp called Nothing On. The star, Dotty Otley, keeps missing her cues and lines as a heavily accented charwoman, trying to look after a (supposedly empty) vacation house and relax with a snack of sardines. The complications in Nothing On are thin compared to the complications backstage, and in the uproarious second act we get to watch the actors as their jealousies, romances, and deceptions boil over while they try to keep Nothing On from imploding. Jane Carr is beautifully batty as Dotty; Dan Hiatt is a perfect horse's ass as Frederick Fellowes, the other (very pompous) star of the show; Ali Taylor plays a charmingly harried stage manager, Poppy Norton-Taylor; and Jamie Day is the hilariously stiff and dim Brooke Ashton, who looks great in lingerie but can't improvise to save her life when her colleagues go careening off-script. Richard Seyd directed the Bay Area premiere of Noises 15 years ago, in Marin; he's back with an equally triumphant revival.