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
David Alan Grier has been part of some of televisions best comedy moments. He was a cast member in Emmy-winning sketch comedy series In Living Color, which deigned not only to showcase more than one black man at a time, but also to make late-night comedy funny. His short-lived (one season, 2008) and often-brilliant Comedy Central show, Chocolate News, yielded some spectacular moments, among them Griers Maya Angelou imitation (his rendition of the beloved poets many expressions is priceless), and his announcement regarding the death of hip-hop: Rap is supposed to have a message, and that message is, It takes a nation of millions to hold us back, not Young, black, and famous with money hanging out of my anus. Hip-hop, have you lost yo damn mind? Sure, hes turned in some skilled drama, including the notable Baadasssss and The Woodsman, and he even dipped his toe into the board-gamebased fantasy pool with Jumanji. Of course, you could even know him from his many spots on love advice radio show Loveline. But tonights standup gig is just how you want to catch Grier: up close, smart, and funny.
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