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.
Despite John Guare's early critical success with House of Blue Leaves, which won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best American Play of 1971, his next full-length play, Rich and Famous, was not received kindly by New York critics. Perhaps it hit too close to home. Rich and Famous follows a deluded young playwright named Bing Ringling during the opening of his "autobiographical" musical adaptation of Dante's Inferno. What is to be the turning point of Ringling's professional life becomes an inky night of the soul. More than anything, he fears becoming "the world's oldest living promising young playwright," but the craven road to fame leads to something altogether more hollow. Presenting the play in its first major revival since 1976 and rewriting significantly Guare employs the most absurd circumstances to magnify the real tragedy of human lives, and he caps it off with a song. Rich and Famous was no doubt intended as a satirical self-portrait, but Guare's own career bears no reflection. Since '76, hes been piled with accolades, including an Obie for Six Degrees of Separation, numerous Tonys, and a National Film Critics Circle Award and an Oscar nomination for his screenplay for Louis Malle's Atlantic City. Surely the revival of Rich and Famous will see its due at last.
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