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
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.
Mary Zimmerman's alluring surprise Broadway hit Metamorphoses was a collage of Greek myths according to Ovid. Her new show at the Berkeley Rep, The Secret in the Wings, is an alluring, and equally surprising, collage of European fairy tales according to the Brothers Grimm (among others). It starts with two cheerful parents, dressed up for some ball or luxury cruise, announcing to their daughter, Heidi, that Mr. Donahue from next door will baby-sit. "Mr. Donahue?" the girl screams. "The ogre?" Mr. Donahue makes his slow way into the house, wearing a 5 o'clock shadow and a huge lizard's tail. The parents, who notice nothing, smile and wave goodbye -- and Heidi's nightmare begins. This framing story is a version of "Beauty and the Beast," but most of the other tales are obscure: We watch seven brothers turn into swans, two puppet-snakes die and revive thanks to a magic herb, and three tuxedoed suitors lose their heads to the whim of a spoiled princess. Each story emphasizes the psyche's shadow, which makes the show more relevant to adults than kids; similarly, Daniel Ostling's excellent set features a few pieces of furniture from a middle-class home giving way to the dark, disorganized corners of a barn. Zimmerman directs with a perfect sense of rhythm in every scene, almost every gesture. Tiffany Scott is especially strong as Heidi; Christopher Donahue is controlled, eerie, and subtly humorous as the beastly neighbor. I wasn't a fan of Zimmerman's last show at the Rep, The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, but The Secret in the Wings has her back in evocative form.