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
Mozzeria, newcomers to the Outside Lands lineup, will bring their 25-foot trolley, a restored mobile San Francisco cable car with a wood-fired oven, to Bluxome Street Winery for a Pinot, Pizza and Funk party. Local funk favorite Tortoise and the Pimps will perform while guests enjoy a special menu of Neapolitan pizzas and wine pairings! A ticket includes entry, one personal pizza and two glasses of wine; tickets are $40 per person. Limited tickets will be available at the door for $45.More
Robin Williams' career as a performer was long, and he had hits (like the five below) and misses (let's all try to forget Popeye and Death to Smoochy), but he was a meaningful performer and a human with heart. He brought us to laughter and tears, and so we celebrate his memory with a salute to just a few of his many exceptional performances.
Mrs. Doubtfire, 1993
In Mrs. Doubtfire, Williams is so appealing that he almost convinces Sally Fields to choose an elderly English (Irish? Welsh?) housekeeper over Pierce Brosnan. His transformation sequence gives even the greatest romantic comedy makeover scenes a run for their money. Euphegenia Doubtfire gave more false hope to children of divorce than any character since the butler in The Parent Trap, but the classic film, which Williams also co-produced, is ultimately a redemptive story about parenting and family love. Dead Poets Society, 1989
This movie is the reason so many statuses on your newsfeed right now say "O Captain! My Captain!" as well as the reason millions of people fell in love with poetry. Williams is at his best here in a role that perfectly marries his skills as children's entertainer, dramatic actor, and unrepentant non-conformist. "Why do we read and write poetry" is a famous scene, but this refusal to respond to art through any other means but the soul is the spark that set the movie on fire and inspired so many to teaching careers and Norton Anthology of Poetry ownership: Good Morning Vietnam, 1987
Williams is as off-the-leash here (as he would be half a decade later in Aladdin) and his comedic timing is impeccable as a garrulous morale-boosting Vietnam radio DJ. Williams has the distinction of starring in a rare truly funny movie about a ghastly war, and it was this ability to find the light in a very dark place that served him in so many roles. Good Will Hunting, 1997
Williams does the beard thing well. He also does the avuncular wisdom thing well. And again, the characteristic mix of fart jokes and grief. In this clip he says the words: peccadilloes, intimacy, fucker, and pissant, and it's all delightful. Fisher King, 1991
This is a bizarre little movie, so naturally Williams thrives in it, beating Dustin Hoffman, Jeff Bridges, Billy Crystal, and Kevin Kline for a Golden Globe. Williams is especially fearless as a grief-crazed searcher for the Holy Grail, perfecting his skill of flitting between the worlds of wonder and insanity. Bonus: Louie, Season 3, Barney/Never
Only a year before Williams’ tragic death, he appeared as a guest on the hit Louie CK’s semi-autobiographical hit TV show Louie, exploring appropriate grief reactions at a funeral when the deceased was, “the biggest piece of shit I ever knew.” Williams' early comedic style might have clashed with the sensibilities of Louie, but sitting in a strip club watching dancers and management grieve, Williams’ irreverence is a tribute to the absurdity of death and final reminder not to take eternity too seriously.