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
Q: How many radical feminists does it take to change a lightbulb? A: THATS NOT FUNNY! Tasteless or not, the riddle illustrates one way to get laughs from a serious subject: Be brutally honest and spare no one. The members of PianoFight Productions female-driven variety show Monday Night ForePlays have taken this to heart. In their promo video, they try to persuade a male theater manager (whos shirtless, wearing a crown, and drinking beer from a can) that they can write, produce, and act in a comedy show. He laughs at the idea that girls could do this, and then condescendingly asks whether one of them can bring him dinner a chicken pot pie, perhaps. But before you can say tired stereotype, one of the women raises her hand and gleefully exclaims I can! only to be hushed by a colleague who continues making her very serious pitch about women in comedy. Producer Kate Jones says the troupe has been at it for a year now, and it's new fall offering, "The One Year AnnivHERsary Show," assembles the best sketches from the group's time together. Acts include dueling dictator chefs, "Clitoris: the Musical," and a liquor cabinet coming to life. The show will also feature local comedians such as Emily Heller and Janine Brito, as well as musicians Rainbow Chair and Laura Weinbach.
Mondays, 8 p.m. Starts: Nov. 8. Continues through Dec. 13, 2010