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
Though Adriano Paganini's restaurant specializes in Roman-style wood-fired pizzas, you'd be remiss to skip out on its appetizers, in particular the broccolini bruschetta, a dish that may very well become your new favorite way to eat these tiny trees of the produce world.
This person, this Kimo, owns Madonna outright. The mortgage is paid in full; its over. The drag mini-biopic-musicale 20 Years of Madonna in 20 Minutes has become justly famous and adored for its careful track mix, for its backup dancers, for the willingness of Kimo to hop around on one high-heeled foot while stepping into weird bustier after weird bustier, and of course, for the sheer number of wigs involved. So, ownership. At tonights Trannyshack Madonna Tribute Night, which finds DJ Adrian playing all Madonna all night and Vis-à-Vis projecting visuals, Kimos routine provides another important service. The other performers, including Trannyshack doyenne Heklina, Exhibit Q., Kim Burly, Miss Rahni, Holy McGrail, Jordan LMoore, Ambrosia Salad, Lindsay Slowhands, and Precious Moments, are freed up to be as interesting as possible. Creative drag is pretty much the name of the game at Trannyshack, and with Kimo getting everything even remotely normal out of the way (Madonna drag can be very, very normal, which is lovely but not Shack.), everyone else can just express themselves.
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