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
Remember the time you and your friends sat down to watch the critically acclaimed movie Black Swan and you couldn't help but notice the shocking lack of blood-thirsty ducks? Yeah, we do too. But never fear, because the world's first ballet-horror-comedy, Duck Lake, is here. The play centers on eccentric theater visionary Barry Canteloupe, who has won Best Up and Coming Director 10 years in a row, but is confident that his newest idea Swan Lake: The Musical will be his breakthrough piece. First he needs to workshop the play with his theater company on a creative retreat at Duck Lake. In the beginning, it seems like the overzealous director, prima donna lead actor, and constant interruptions from a gang of jet skiers are going to be the theater company's downfall. Little do they know, there is a darkness all around them, floating on the lake ever so innocently, eating bread crumbs, and quacking away with an inner rage reminiscent of the killer rabbit in Monty Python's The Holy Grail. The play, a brainchild of PianoFight's resident sketch comedy group, Mission CTRL, features 3D shadow puppets, choreography by Brian Gibbs of TAGsf, and of course -- lots of killer ducks. We can only hope this kind of fowl play becomes a trend in the ballet world.
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