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
The last year has been a big one for wizened, shit-talking comic legend and plastic surgery art installation Joan Rivers. She starred on The Celebrity Apprentice with her daughter Melissa, and celebrated the publication of two books: Men Are Stupid And They Like Big Boobs, a candid book of medical advice about elective cosmetic procedures, and Murder at the Academy Awards, the first in a new fictional mystery series inspired by her experience covering awards shows. She was roasted on Comedy Central (during which Whitney Cummings said I loved you in The Wrestler and Greg Geraldo compared her to a surprised catfish). She made a brilliant and frivolous play against the bleak recession mentality (and an unapologetic affirmation of crass materialism) with the launch of a TV show called Howd You Get So Rich? in which she runs around the country interviewing wealthy people. All this after forty years of brash, fast-talking, trail-blazing show business -- and still she has time to come to town for a stand-up gig (in this city of a million mincing Marys, as she refers to it on her blog). Rivers arrives, it is promised, direct from Michael Jacksons funeral, and her act undoubtedly hinges on gossip about recent media events, every moment filtered through her bitchy, rasping, irresistibly fun comic delivery.
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