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
Though Adriano Paganini's restaurant specializes in Roman-style wood-fired pizzas, you'd be remiss to skip out on its appetizers, in particular the broccolini bruschetta, a dish that may very well become your new favorite way to eat these tiny trees of the produce world.
We San Franciscans are experimental types, so if you’ve never given ballet a try, it’s about time you did. Three lauded names in contemporary choreography exhibit their work tonight. Picking a favorite from the diverse set won’t be easy. Chroma by Wayne McGregor and Number Nine by Christopher Wheeldon bracket the world premiere of Mark Morris’ Beaux, which flaunts costumes by fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi. Although Mizrahi’s topsy-turvy career has had its share of flops and successes, his work for theater and opera is consistently admirable. A previous collaboration with Morris featured a crayon-colored array of space-age suits and drop-waisted tutus, but Morris doesn’t need to rely on the designer’s bold palette to fascinate his audience. His reputation for crafting affecting, accessible dance alone is enough to make this debut worth the time, even for a novice viewer. Like Morris, Wheeldon is also a longtime collaborator with the S.F. Ballet and has concocted seven new ballets for the organization over the years. His vivid Number Nine unfolds ornately in a mere 19 minutes. It complements the stark, abstract Chroma, which also boasts a celebrity contributor -- Jack White of the White Stripes is credited with the arrangements. McGregor’s award-winning oeuvre defies the limits of the body with abstract contortions. Both creations have graced the San Francisco stage before, but they contextualize each other and will leave even a first-time ballet-goer with much to discuss.
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