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 Ukrainian clown Dimitri Bogatirev and his wife, Iryna Ivanytska, left a combined 20 years of performing with Cirque du Soleil, they imagined a new show fusing mirthful elements of Cirque, Blue Man Group, and De La Guarda. For the kids, Aga-Boom is 80 minutes of full-throttle fun, with inner-tube hula hooping, dirty-shoe sniffing, suitcase twirling, toilet-paper tossing, balloon bouncing, and pounds of paper to throw around. For adults it's a surrealist, acid-trip vision of garbage bags walking on stilts, phallic jokes, and twisty-girl Tatiana Gousarova morphing herself into unearthly creatures in one of the most mesmerizing and original contortion acts around. From the moment Ivanytska first shuffles onstage in oversize slippers as the sweetly curious Boom and presses a big, irresistible button marked "Do Not Touch," she adeptly weaves a web of wonderment and holds the audience through the finale, as the grown-ups get buried in paper and bonked by mammoth balloons and the tykes jump out of their seats with hysterical glee.