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
Top reasons to date a cyclist (as if you needed any): Better power-to-weight ratio than a small car. Even when we're about to explode, we can always hang on a little bit longer. Jersey cleavage. Perfect legs. We've got 15 different types of lube at home. We found these in a web search. If you don't believe them or if you do and they got your attention experience them tonight at Love on Wheels, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's dating game. Like the other (televised) Dating Game, bicycling bachelors and bachelorettes quiz and eventually choose from three potential dates who are hidden from their view. The matches include boy-boy, girl-girl, girl-boy, and boy-girl. Off stage, a free-form, self-selecting dating game takes place: All single cyclists who attend can exchange phone numbers, e-mail addresses, and bike stats. Valet bike parking is free. Raffles complement the gamesmanship. DJ Jamie Jams spins the soundtrack.
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