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
Can you will you should you even resist making a Christopher Guest joke? The annual Golden Gate Kennel Club Dog Show is upon us, so naturally, we think of Best in Show, the loving-absurdist film that spoofs canine enthusiasts. The big news this year is that two new breeds have been recognized by the American Kennel Club and are therefore to appear here for the first time: Portuguese Podengo Pequeños and Rat Terriers. Also, squee! There is a Best Puppy in Show prize. Oh wait, does that mean there are people backstage screaming, "Be cuter! You have to be the cutest! I need that Pedigree brand folding chair!" at their poor baby dogs? Because that's what would happen in a Christopher Guest film. No, we're sure nothing like that goes down around here. Instead, everyone is playing flyball, jumping, laughing, barking, and learning about the wonders of purebred friends. Good boy!
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