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
The murder ballad The Wind and Rain first appeared on a broadside during the mid-17th century with the title The Twa Sisters. Since then, there have been dozens of variations under many names, but the essence of the grisly tale remains: Two sisters fall for the same lad. Overcome by jealousy, the spurned girl drowns her rival in the river. The fair sisters body is then discovered by a traveling musician who turns her breastbone into a fiddle, strung with golden hair on finger-bone fiddle pegs. Among many others, Tom Waits, Jerry Garcia, Gillian Welch, and Regina Spektor have explored this tune, but no one has thought to put it onstage. Thankfully, Nebunele Theatre founder Claytie Mason takes delight in such tragedies. After winning Best New Play at the 2006 SF Fringe for The Secret Ruths of Island House, she presented Euripides with a doo-wop chorus in Medea Knows Best. For this year's DIVAfest, Claytie offers a haunting but offbeat version of The Wind and Rain, in which a dying mill town is evoked by painter and engineer Molly Millar, the blustery climate is set by San Francisco Opera violinist Rebecca Jackson, and the tortured sistership is explored with tenderness and humor by physical theater veterans Brynna Jourdan and Jenna Bean Veatch.
Thursdays-Saturdays, 8:30 p.m. Starts: April 17. Continues through May 1, 2010