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
The immortal moment came decades ago: a long-suffering fan already, at 8 years old, slumped against a rail at the ballpark for what could be the last time, defeated on the field and off of it, where the Giants were planning to possibly decamp from Candlestick Park to Florida.
Nob Hill Theatre, the all-genders-welcome male strip club, is holding it down on Bush Street, and after several decades of D, it's still S.F.'s only place to see full-frontal guys up close, seven nights a week (for $20).
When James Dean and Elvis exploded on the scene more than half a century ago, Hollywood realized en masse that teenagers were a gold mine and ensuing generations of studio functionaries havent stopped mining their pockets yet. The 1960s scaled the peaks and plumbed the depths of teensploitation, as evidenced by tonights "Return to Vortex High" double bill of rare, campy melodramas. The Explosive Generation (1961) stars a young William Shatner as a forward-thinking high school teacher who makes the earth-shattering and career-threatening mistake of allowing a discussion of sex education in class. (How amusingly anachronistic until you remember that a swath of the population in 2010 believes that abstinence, and nothing else, should be taught in school.) Patty McCormack stands out as a student who helps turn the brouhaha into a referendum on free speech. She also turns up in the reefer-happy second feature, Maryjane (1968). Clean-cut pop star Fabian plays the liberal authority figure. Hes a football coach and art teacher (!) who can relate to the kids whove fallen under the sway of the seductive herb. Be advised: A toke or two may raise the laugh quotient, but you risk missing the moral of drive-in maestro Maury Dexters cautionary fable.
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