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
Mozzeria, newcomers to the Outside Lands lineup, will bring their 25-foot trolley, a restored mobile San Francisco cable car with a wood-fired oven, to Bluxome Street Winery for a Pinot, Pizza and Funk party. Local funk favorite Tortoise and the Pimps will perform while guests enjoy a special menu of Neapolitan pizzas and wine pairings! A ticket includes entry, one personal pizza and two glasses of wine; tickets are $40 per person. Limited tickets will be available at the door for $45.More
With neighborhood institutions like the 21 Club closing to make way for yuppie cocktail bars, Brown Jug remains an oasis — and one that takes full advantage of the state's operating hours window, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
Many people go through a Jerry Springer phase, usually running concurrent with a rough patch in their lives: losing a job, losing their shit, having too many drugs and not enough parenting. Why else are you watching this crap in the morning? And it is crap, but there are moments of levity and beauty amid the tension, like when a whore sweetly asks to rub security man Steve's bald head, or when Jerry touches something deep within you, like the realization that you belong in a 30-day treatment program, during a Final Thought. Other times you just find yourself waiting desperately for someone to get knocked out (the show is an homage to the glancing blow), or for Steve to be a little late in preventing Toothless from busting a chair over Fat Asshole. And the sordid dramas, with enough queasy mental images and unwholesome revelations to please Richard Wagner, are nearly operatic, if you're willing to go there. Ray of Light Theatre went there. Jerry Springer the Opera is scandalous, sacrilegious, scurrilous, and, above all, profane there's been much newspaper-y debate about how many times theatergoers are subjected to the words "fuck" and "cunt." (If 20 singers sing "fuck" at the same time, is that only one mention? It's a fucking quandary.) You might be eager to brush this off, but this thing knocked audiences flat in London in the mid-2000s, winning four major awards while laughing through town-to-town protests on its U.K. tour.
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m. Starts: Sept. 10. Continues through Oct. 16, 2010