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
With neighborhood institutions like the 21 Club closing to make way for yuppie cocktail bars, Brown Jug remains an oasis — and one that takes full advantage of the state's operating hours window, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
H.L. Mencken is said to have defined fundamentalism as a terrible, pervasive fear that someone, somewhere, is having fun. With that in mind, Annie Sprinkle and her wife, Elizabeth Stephens, are giving fundamentalists and conservatives another reason to abhor the environmental movement (or, we hope, lighten up and get on board). Theyve started something they call SexEcology. It involves using sex and sexuality to raise awareness about environmental and sustainability issues. More than doing it green, they say, its a way to make the movement itself more sexy and fun. If people regarded the planet as a lush setting for sensual pleasure a big spherical lover rather than a storehouse of things to be consumed, theyd treat it with more care. At this weekends EcoSexual Symposium II, put on by Femina Potens gallery, learn how to do that from several angles. (Sorry. Couldnt resist that one.) Author and ecosexual theorist Serena Anderlinis keynote answers the question What Is Ecosexual Love? Good Vibes staff sexologist Carol Queen talks about the ecorotic advancements in the sex-toy trade. Her partner, Robert Lawrence, speaks on ecological fetishes. Longtime porn actress and activist Sharon Mitchell is part of group presentation on the sensual pleasures of gardening. Porn director and artist Madison Young of Femina Potens covers the greening of the sex industry. An ecosexi-love-a-licious vegan lunch is provided. Panel discussions occur via Skype, and participants have their say in open forums. The Ecosex Manifesto Art Exhibit opens at the center on Friday. Go and learn how to be nice to your lover. Shes all youve got.
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