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
Though Adriano Paganini's restaurant specializes in Roman-style wood-fired pizzas, you'd be remiss to skip out on its appetizers, in particular the broccolini bruschetta, a dish that may very well become your new favorite way to eat these tiny trees of the produce world.
Maybe you think you know everything about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. already. But let us be the first to say it you dont. The legends are rightly repeated, the songs are often sung (badly), and the photos have burned themselves into our collective consciousness. But at MLK and Jazz Celebrating the History of Civil Rights Music, jazz genius Marcus Shelby and his quartet (including yesss! Howard Wiley on saxophone) hold forth with contemporary spirituals, freedom songs, blues, and jazz. When these magicians play, and Faye Carol sings, everyone in the room cries good tears. And then they learn, as talented lecturer Shelby gives an exegesis on King in particular, civil rights in general, and music. Weve heard him speak during concerts before, and its always as rich and satisfying as the music. Shelbys major projects have been historically inspired, including his Port Chicago CD and his Harriet Tubman oratorio, making his understanding of the man and the moment that make so many of us proud to be Americans that much more complex and interesting. So while you may not know everything about King, the dapper bass player just might.
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