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
Looking for an excuse to suit up in that unitard? (It’s San Francisco, so your excuse could just be “I woke up.”) Having some Xanadu fantasies, or craving an elevated heart rate not provoked by the DMV? Well, Lil Miss Hot Mess’ Roller Skating Birthday Extravaganza is a world of pleasure, regardless of your motivation. One of our city’s delightfully innovative and goofy queens, LMHM has provided numerous fun times for the people. She performed in a holiday show in December as a human menorah. Months before that she threw herself a big, rollicking bat mitzvah. Now she wants to get you on wheels. Did you spend all your sports money on a bowling ball or pool cue? No worries! Skates are available for rental. DJs Durt and Pink Lightning provide the jock jams. Performances provided by Landa Lakes and La Chica Boom. Need more reason to slide into your fruit boots? Part of the proceeds benefit housing rights nonprofit Causa Justa: Just Cause. How will you ever wipe that smile off your face?
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