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
When the San Francisco Arts Commission wanted someone to dress up City Hall for the building's 100th anniversary last year, and become the structure's first artist-in-residence, it took a leap of faith by choosing Jeremy Fish.
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.
Call it a case of unreasonable expectations. The Brothers Size, now making its West Coast premiere at Magic Theatre, is Part Two in Tarell Alvin McCraneys much-ballyhooed Brother/Sister trilogy. Part One, In the Red and Brown Water, opened at Marin Theatre Company a few weeks back. We raved about it. We tried to walk into Part Two with as few demands as possible, but we think its fair to say that we wouldve enjoyed the play a little more if we hadnt been so floored by Part One. The two plays are quite different in scope. Part One is an ambitious ensemble piece, while Part Two is a short, relatively conventional drama focused on three characters. Both plays feature a whole lot of smart, lively dialogue, but Part Two doesnt feel quite as inventive in its storytelling techniques. And in a trilogy that depends heavily on singing to heighten the drama, Part One uses music to far greater effect.
Some of these differences may be exaggerated by the presence of two very different directors. While Marin Theatre Companys Ryan Rilette brought some serious style to his imaginative staging of In the Red and Brown Water, Octavio Solis plays it pretty safe with The Brothers Size. Even the dream sequences feel strangely earthbound. And with different actors playing the same characters, its difficult to avoid the feeling that Magics Elegba (Alex Ubokudom) cant match the fierce energy of Marin Theatre Companys version of the character (Jared McNeill).
Reading this, you may begin to think that The Brothers Size is a bad play. It most certainly is not. McCraneys material operates at a high level, and Solis staging is perfectly competent. If you see the play without the benefit of seeing Part One, you might walk away thinking youd seen one of the best productions of the season. But considered as part of a full trilogy, Im calling this a minor step back. Part Three, Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet, opens at ACT on October 29.
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