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
You may measure your true 415 cred by the amount of times you've strolled into the diner that "never close[s]" (as the sign says), sidled up to the bar, ordered a drink, and received a shot of ouzo on the house — without blinking, looking sideways, or feeling the need to keep an open line to flee for the exit.
Through July 1 at Theatre Rhinoceros, 2926 16th St. (between Capp and Van Ness), S.F. Tickets are $15-25; call 861-5079 or visit www.therhino.org.
From the outset it appears Special Forces wants to be taken seriously as a gritty modern-day war drama about a group of soldiers on a dangerous mission behind enemy lines. It's set in Kuwait City in the middle of Operation Iraqi Freedom and there are plenty of guns, machismo shouting, and war fatigues. But at the center of all this is a singing, drinking, and frolicking cross-dressing cabaret singer named Dinah Blue (Matthew Martin), who works in a gay bar near the action. Theatre Rhinoceros' artistic director John Fisher serves as writer, director, and actor and insists this play is not about politics and opinions even though it touches on many of the military hot-button issues "don't ask, don't tell," civilian killings, President Bush. Perhaps in an attempt to avoid cliché, Fisher casts a waifish woman (Helen Sage Howard) as the evil soldier who cuts off children's private parts and gives the hardened colonel (Fisher) a soft spot for trannies, which pushes this play well past credible believability. When Ms. Blue infiltrates the army base with top-secret documents and then dons a burka to rescue her man from the clutches of the enemy, Special Forces unintentionally turns into high camp.