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
So you went out last Saturday night and wore those new dark-wash, skinny leg jeans that you just bought despite the fact that it's the end of the month and you should be saving that money for your rent check.
Like humans, we Night+Day entries sometimes give in to bad habits. We indulge in purple prose, we exceed our word counts, we (occasionally) write beyond our ken. And for a whole year, we're covering drag shows and parties, movies, art shows, and theater productions that are mostly all thinly veiled screeds about the human libido, which …ah, but there we go again. The point here is supposed to be that Night+Day entries, like humans, try and turn over a resolution or two in the new year, and so here is ours: to offer up an event that debauches not even a little, but instead recommends sober financial consideration. We speak of JoAnneh Nagler and her book, The Debt-Free Spending Plan. Nagler is suggesting that debt is bad news, but (being a histrionic sort), let us suggest that it's a road to apocalypse, and so maybe spending the five minutes a day required of her lessons isn't a terrible idea. We and our kind will fall off the wagon and resume recommendations for phallocentric bake sales soon enough; we're only ink and paper. But you, human -- you should really take this life more seriously.
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