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
With neighborhood institutions like the 21 Club closing to make way for yuppie cocktail bars, Brown Jug remains an oasis — and one that takes full advantage of the state's operating hours window, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
Tonight, Bucky Sinister gets onstage at Roommates from Hell and tells stories about his crappy roommates. Think about that: The punk-rock poet and comedian, who has books called All Blacked Out and Nowhere to Go and Get Up: A 12-Step Guide to Recovery for Misfits, Freaks, and Weirdos, talks about how roomies tortured him, not the other way around. Because we're sure Sinister was the subject of a few house meetings himself; he's probably done things to a chore wheel or a housemate's signed tub of yogurt that you shouldn't repeat, much less think about. Think Iggy Pop with his jar of peanut butter. But here's the good part: Imagine how crazy those roommates must have been, and consequently how great Sinister's stories must be, if Sinister was on the side of the righteous. Same goes with Lynn Breedlove, the founder of the dyke-punk band Tribe 8. In her heyday, she probably cut people a lot of slack; you probably had to do a lot more than leave the house with the shower running to piss her off. We're guessing you had to be completely crazy: If you're a nuisance to punks, you're a drop-dead calamity to regular folk. Also on the bill are Sherilyn Connelly, Attaboy, Beth Lisick, and many others, none of whom have walked the line perfectly over the years. Everyone has crappy-roommate stories, of course, but the best come from those gutsy enough to split rent with crazy people.
Fridays, Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Sept. 17. Continues through Sept. 25, 2010