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
Doug Benson has been honing his blunt humor through regular appearances in San Francisco comedy clubs for many years. Appearing in the smoke-tolerant city to test out material in front of the veritable choir helped in the development of The Marijuana-Logues, which became an off-Broadway and a nationally touring show in 2004, and in Benson’s own 2007 documentary Super High Me. The open culture here provides an endless source of inspiration for him, not to mention many ciphers to join after each show. So it’s only fitting that the comedian would choose S.F. to record his sixth comedy album (following last year’s Smug Life) on the unofficial stoners’ holiday of 4/20. But this is no ordinary day for Benson, so he is stretching the celebration out to two days.
Fri., April 19, 10:30 p.m.; Sat., April 20, 7:45 & 10 p.m., 2013