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
Jimmie Walker began his career in stand-up comedy more than 40 years ago. His first gigs were in front of the infamously judgmental audiences at Harlem’s Apollo Theater and as the official comedian of the Black Panthers for about two years. This gave him a thick skin and a quick, aware wit from the beginning -- a necessity allowing him the rare longevity to call stand-up his main career to this day. It’s also kept him from losing his mind over the fact that, to most people who are aware of American pop culture, he’ll always be the kid from the TV show Good Times who says, “Dy-no-mite!” Walker played J.J. Evans for five years in the 1970s, but the show, in perpetual syndication, has raised a few generations. It has also trapped Walker’s popular image at an awkward man-child phase, an actor in his late 20s and early 30s playing a much younger person. Now in his 60s, he is finished regurgitating his happy-go-lucky catchphrase on stage in favor of skewering the U.S. economy, our nation’s criminal justice system, and people whose actions make them ideal candidates for public shredding.
April 19-22, 2012