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
“One time, I met a really wild human via the Internet. He or she had lavender-scented dreadlocks and a bicycle with a basket on the front. We met up at a bar in Oakland and we were dancing to a neat DJ. Then all of the sudden he or she said to me, ‘Do you want to go back to my place?’ and I said, ‘Like for sex?’ and he or she said ‘Let’s do it.’ So we went to his or her house and did sex on each other! Then in the morning, we got coffee together and I took the BART home. And then … I never saw him or her again … because we were both really busy with work!” This is probably the type of hilarious bawdy bedroom romp you’ll hear about at the upcoming Bawdy Storytelling BawdySlam event, “Never Saw Them Again!” It’ll feature stories of a sexual and humorous nature, told by comedians, writers, and even normal people. Plus you, the audience member, can bring in your own funny five-minute sex story and read it to compete for “adult-themed” prizes!
Thu., May 16, 8 p.m., 2013