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
Making the less-traditional transition from brick-and-mortar to mobile pop-up, A16 is finally offering its hearty Monday meatballs and signature wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas without the inconvenience of needing to book a table.
Its been about five years now, but in the back of your brains attic in the place where you store your haziest late-night memories you must remember him. Perennially scruffy and unshaven, he would appear on Comedy Central every week, dishing out casual, booze-juiced witticisms as he scoured the bars, nightclubs, and nocturnal workplaces of America. The show, Insomniac, was worshipped by the sloshed and/or sleepless. And its host, the patron saint of wisecracking stumblebums everywhere, was Dave Attell.
But whats Attell been up to since quitting the Insomniac gig (because it actually got too popular, believe it or not)? He returned to his first love: stand-up comedy. Without having to holler over a bars jukebox to be heard, Attell can now focus more on dropping punch lines than fending off drunk frat boys. You may recall his general comedic style, full of self-deprecating sarcasm, sly innuendo, and surreal non sequiturs. Yet without network censors, he pushes the boundaries of taste further than his lovable teddy-bear-with-a-beer appearance might lead you to believe. In fact, Attell can be downright perverted, even scatological. Youd probably shout T.M.I. at the stage if only you werent too busy busting a gut to, yknow, breathe.
Feb. 6-7, 8 & 10:15 p.m., 2009