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
Tonight, if you choose a nice prix-fixe Valentines Day dinner, youre going to gaze around the room and have any number of special thoughts, from Are we that couple who doesnt talk? to Oh, so I had the same idea as that guy in Dad jeans. Aces. Instead, take some advice from Will "The Thrill" Viharo, whos been making life interesting for people for more than a decade by pulling back the curtain on yesteryears starlets, tiki bars, cocktails, and classic movies while saying, See? Tonight, he brings sweethearts back to a gentler time in romance, an iconic, mythological beach of bingo, blankets, bikers, bikinis, and Annette Funicello, all rammed through the Hollywood sausage machine and served up as Beach Blanket Bingo, which screens as part of Thrillville's Valentine's Beach Party. And proving, once again, that his shtick as a hard-driving producer is no act, Viharo worked the phones and lured one of the singing stars of the film, Donna Loren, onstage for a medley of songs. Vintage drive-in movie trailers and Kitten on the Keys round out the night.
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