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
When San Franciscos Art Street Theatre staged Yes, Yes to Moscow, its riff on Chekhovs Three Sisters, at Berlins Deutsches Theater last fall, German audiences were caught off guard. Many productions of the famous, emotionally suffocating drama about a familys desire to leave behind their dull provincial life for what they hope will be a brighter future in the Russian capital are ponderous affairs set in musty, velvet-draped drawing rooms and packed with emphatic pauses. As a people who take their theater very, very seriously, Germans like their Chekhov more heavy, wordy, and intellectual than most. Yet the response to the wildly physical, bilingual, and buoyant adaptation, which imagines what transpires after Chekhovs titular siblings make it to Moscow, was overwhelmingly positive. According to Art Streets artistic director Mark Jackson, the show sold out its run, and the American-German cast and crew took multiple curtain calls after each performance. American audiences may feel more of an affinity for the companys mischievously kinesthetic approach when the production hits the city this week, but the offbeat combination of European and U.S. sensibilities will no doubt affect local theatergoers in unexpected ways.
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