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
So you went out last Saturday night and wore those new dark-wash, skinny leg jeans that you just bought despite the fact that it's the end of the month and you should be saving that money for your rent check.
We, the people, are going to lose this one. If the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association managed to keep Proposition 98 a secret from Bay Area progressives until about a month ago, it's already over. Those right-wingers got public education with Proposition 13 back in the 1970s, and now they're going to get rent control. However, in the meantime, we'll have lots of fun getting together for literary and musical events. This one could be retitled "A bag of talented and famous San Francisco men and Katie Crouch." Andrew Foster Altschul (Whose name is misspelled on the press release -- you think the Jarvis people do that?), Stephen Elliott (Also misspelled, but not so egregiously) Alvin Orloff, Richard Loranger, Jonathan Segel, and Victor Krummenacher (Whoops, also Alison Faith Levy.) You'd be nuts to miss this lineup no matter what any of them planned to do, but we heard they're going to strip naked and lead a conga line up to the top of Bernal Hill to perform a resurrection ritual for the owls who died up there a couple years ago. No, lying. Really they're going to read from their beautiful, intelligent books or play lovely wry songs, and you'd be nuts to miss it.
Tue., May 20, 6 p.m., 2008