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
Mashing up different world cuisines is usually a popular conceit for new quick-service eateries and food trucks to make a quick buck and gain Instagram fame, but Volta has shown how well global cross-pollination works on a refined plate without stretching for novelty or pretense in the process.
Its mildly funny when someone trips and falls. Its completely unfunny when someone trips and falls while carrying a birthday cake on the way to an orphanage. But its hilarious when that birthday cake was for a spoiled 4-year-old and potentially interesting when a series of absurd occurrences led you to the birthday party in the first place. Veteran comic Joe Klocek understands the nuance between comedy and tragedy, and he also knows that the road to a good joke the sometimes unbelievable set of circumstances that get comedians there is often more interesting than the joke itself. This led him to develop Previously Secret Information." He curates professional storytellers, solo performers, and comics who share the real-life inspiration for jokes. Klocek himself has spun stories about living in a mall at age 11 (his choice), and bovine homicide in a Utah desert. Other performers have shared tales many of us can relate to: first dates, adopting a baby, robbing banks -- okay, maybe you can't relate to all of them. Tonight, prolific blue-collar worker, comedian, and former mayoral candidate Will Durst talks about three of the 108 jobs he has held during his lifetime.
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