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
Planned Parenthood offers a multitude of sexual health services to those in need regardless of financial background, gender, or age, which is a nice thing, especially for those of us who are uninsured. Yet GOP leaders in the House as well as conservative politicians at the state level have targeted Planned Parenthood for defunding. Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, tonight outlines arguments from different sides of the controversy and addresses how the debate about abortion has taken away from the organizations overall goal of providing affordable health services. Tonight, see how Richards can keep her composure even when her organization is being smeared with hysterical campaigns that link the group to sex trafficking. A networking reception beforehand offers the chance to debate how much old conservatives suck (or rock?) and how much Richards looks like a cross between Jamie Lee Curtis and Hillary Clinton. Richards will probably need traits from both women Curtis comedic flair as well as Clintons strong will considering what Planned Parenthood is up against.
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