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
Angie Stone has always been adept at making quiet, third-date soul that knows just the line to feed you to get the candles burning low and your ankles over your head. Stone Love takes Stone's revamped old-school formula for good lovin' and transplants it to a block party imbued with a slow, summery funk that crosses generations and genres. "That Kind of Love" is buoyant Berry Gordy genius, while "Cinderella Ballin'" is all neo-soul snaps and synths. Floetry joins Stone for thick harmonies and a diva-fied shout-out to "My Man" before "U-Haul" delivers the world's sultriest "fuck you," slapping Stone's own Tyrone upside the head with a fat bass line. "I Wanna Thank Ya" (quite possibly the only thing Snoop Dogg has ever sounded classy on) is the blissful, leisurely stuff of falling in love again with someone you've known for 30 years. This is Stone's gift -- her mellow voice and subtly elegant songs remind us of the good things in life.