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
Mozzeria, newcomers to the Outside Lands lineup, will bring their 25-foot trolley, a restored mobile San Francisco cable car with a wood-fired oven, to Bluxome Street Winery for a Pinot, Pizza and Funk party. Local funk favorite Tortoise and the Pimps will perform while guests enjoy a special menu of Neapolitan pizzas and wine pairings! A ticket includes entry, one personal pizza and two glasses of wine; tickets are $40 per person. Limited tickets will be available at the door for $45.More
Nick Offerman’s no luddite, but as a woodworker he’s wary of the ways 3-D printing technology could diminish the authenticity of craft. “There’s nothing more exciting to me than a human being standing on stage with lights on them, because anything can happen,” he says. “And there’s no replacing a handcrafted item.”
He appreciates a handcrafted dovetail joint, and he has a decent idea what to do if he runs into a grizzly bear. He adores his wife, actress Megan Mullally, and when he speaks, his passion for his projects seems all the more palpable because of his deadpan delivery.
Interviewers “usually ask me about meat, whiskers, woodworking, and Ron Swanson,” Offerman says. Ron, the mustachioed, government-hating government employee played by Offerman on Parks & Recreation, has attained quasi-mythic status. And it’s garnered Offerman a lot of attention, for which he seem genuinely grateful.
“It’s a testament to our brilliant writers that they were able to create really a pretty cartoony character like Ron and lead people to think that he bears resemblance to the actor, or vice versa,” he says. Offerman does love wordworking, and he loves meat, but he doesn’t eat nearly the amount of it in real life that Ron eats on the show. “I’m an actor, and I live in a world, and if someone ate one-fourth the amount of cholesterol that Ron eats, they’d keel over before they finished the meal,” he says.
In addition to his regular gig and the custom woodworking shop he runs in LA, he’s produced and acted in a new flick, Somebody Up There Likes Me, and he’s touring around the country performing his one-man show, which includes his “cautionary tales, some mediocre songs, with a dash of minor nudity.” (We can confirm that by “minor” he means “slight,” not “underage.” Or maybe he actually meant “miner.”) His wife has a band called Nancy & Beth, and they’ll be opening for the show. Offerman will also be appearing at the Roxie to premiere the film.
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