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 of the comedians at the new Barbary Coast Comedy night is from Santa Cruz. At first glance, we figured the Santa Cruz connection automatically meant that Grant Lyon would be a reactionary weirdo full of jokes about the term PC. (These days, Santa Cruz cultural exports have largely moved from Bush critics to those who complain about them.) Luckily, we were just being jerks: Lyon is a hilariously sharp observer, not one of those tired white-guy bellyachers. On the subject of Canada, for example, he goes bug-eyed about the lack of censorship on the radio waves, and boggles at the dissonance between cuss words and positive messages: Put your hands in the AIR! If you got that motherfuckin free health CARE! Naturally, he also gets in a few jabs at Environmental Studies majors and their no-deodorantwearing ways its funny because its true. Also on the bill is local-guy-getting-national-attention Charlie Ballard and a host of other Bay Area comics.
Mondays, 9 p.m., 2009