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
In 1964, Zero Mostel opined from a Broadway stage that if he were a rich man, he'd fill his yard with "chicks and turkeys and geese and ducks for the town to see and hear." Forty years later, Gwen Stefani declared that if she were a rich girl, she'd "clean out Vivienne Westwood in my Galliano gown." But it was the 1971 movie that sealed Fiddler on the Roofs place in pop-culture history. Make a crack about your empty pockets, and expect someone to start humming If I Were a Rich Man; decry your single status, and some wag is sure to break into Matchmaker. Thus it was only a matter of time until Fiddler received the sing-along treatment, a tradition that started with The Rocky Horror Picture Show and spread to films like The Sound of Music and Mamma Mia! And Fiddler, set in a small Jewish community in Tsarist Russia, is all about tradition. At A Fiddler on the Roof Sing-a-long, attendees are encouraged to rock shtetl style: Men, dust off your vests and modest white blouses. Ladies, find a headscarf that matches your floor-length peasant gown.
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