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
Head on over to Condor Club or Gold Club to watch UFC 202 Diaz vs McGregor 2 at 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 20th. Tickets will sell out quickly, so to purchase your VIP table and advance tickets for Condor Club click here, and for Gold Club click here.More
MUST CLOSE SATURDAY: I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Readers enjoy ½ PRICE tickets with online code LOCAL at www.theTRIBEproductions.org) Enjoy a hysterical show of musical vignettes connected by one theme: love. Let our players take you joyfully through “Everything you secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit!" Playing at: Bindlestiff Studio 185 6th Street, SF. Thur, Fri, Sat (8pm) & Sundays (2pm), July 15-30. www.theTRIBEproductions.org. theTRIBE has produced in SF since 2013 (“HAIR: the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical,” 2013; “Cabaret,” 2014; and farce “Love, Sex, and the IRS,” 2015), and is excited for you to experience this unique take on Off-Broadway's 2nd longest-running show!More
Guitarfish Festival this weekend! An intimate family, community, arts & music festival held high in the majestic Sierra’s. Enjoy camping in the trees, river swimming, hiking, biking, great food & vending, plus a kids area with activities. Top-notch lineup: Doobie Decibel System Band, ALO, Greyboy Allstars, Lyrics Born, Hamsa Lila, Orgone and many more. A music festival with a cause for the good of the people and our planet! Come camp, dance, swim, & play! guitarfishfestival.comMore
The sinews of old San Francisco lie in the water: the posts standing in the Bay mud that supported the docks and piers where the shipping that made the city possible, and later allowed it to flourish, flowed.
Transparent Theater, 1901 Ashby (at Martin Luther King Jr.), Berkeley
Tickets are $20
Through Oct. 21
In today's daunting economic climate, the folks at Transparent Theater have accomplished an amazing feat, launching a new company in a new space (a converted church) with Jacob Christfort's world premiere translation of Strindberg's little-known Swanwhite, directed by the visionary artistic director Tom Clyde. I'm no connoisseur of Strindberg, but I know that in his time he challenged the conventional notions of theater with plays that embodied dreams. He felt the world was an illusion, so his characters sprang from a dreamer's subconscious, with standard character development and plot made secondary to imagery and emotion. A Dream Play, written in 1901, is a more definitive example of his philosophy than Swanwhite, written earlier that year and drawn from Swedish folklore. Princess Swanwhite (Kim Jiang) is betrothed against her will to a king (a strong Noah James Butler) but falls in love with a prince (Jorge Rubio). Her evil stepmother (Sheri Clyde, mother of Tom) endeavors to keep the prince and Swanwhite apart. The play tests the limits of love, and for the most part Christfort maintains Strindberg's poetic language ("If I were to have you, I would hold a corpse in my arms," the king says to Swanwhite). Sadly, Jiang and Sheri Clyde can't quite bring their characters to life. But Rubio breathes passion into the music of each line and word, and Richard Bolster (as the gardener) finds the humorous moments. Though audiences may not forgive the inconsistent acting, Tom Clyde ought to be supported both for assembling a cast (Anna Moore and Algin Ford round it out) reflective of Transparent's neighborhood and for making a commitment to the diversity of the theatrical community. By taking risks in both his casting and his choice of plays, Clyde invests for a long-term gain. Indeed, up next is the West Coast premiere of Robert O'Hara's Brave Brood, the second (and most volatile) in his trilogy examining the legacy of slavery. American Conservatory Theater presented the other two, but Transparent has snagged the rights to this one.