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
So you went out last Saturday night and wore those new dark-wash, skinny leg jeans that you just bought despite the fact that it's the end of the month and you should be saving that money for your rent check.
We can recall, years ago, being grouped around the TV at some mind-altering hour and obsessively replaying Gene Wilder emerging from the Wonka castle as a hobbled old man. He gets his cane stuck in a brick, falling so far forward that you wonder at the insurance costs of the film, then turns a somersault so perfect it could raise the eyebrow of Bruce Lee. His stunning entrance one that Wilder thought up and demanded be included set the tone of Willy Wonka, as did his insane speech on the river of chocolate: "Are the fires of Hell a-glowing? Is the grisly reaper mowing?" he howled like a man piloting a boat full of serial murderers instead of adorable brats. With his "I'm not crazy or am I?" attitude, he made the film into the cult favorite it is today, and in the years since it opened he has brought us so much more: Young Frankenstein, Blazing Saddles he even managed to work himself into a comedy duo alongside the hottest man in '70s stand-up, Richard Pryor. With more than 20 other movies, plus recent turns as a novelist (notably with the excellently titled My French Whore), the 75-year-old actor gets a long-overdue pat on the back with SF Sketchfest Presents A Salute to Gene Wilder. The night features a screening of Young Frankenstein, followed by an onstage conversation with Wilder and moderator Paul Gilmartin and an audience Q&A. Wilder will also be signing copies of his latest novel, The Woman Who Wouldn't.
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