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
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.
Say what you will about John Travolta -- and we have, many times -- the man is a walking miracle of career longevity. He’s successfully (re)invented himself a half-dozen times, all the while preserving his undeniable talents as a hoofer and a comic foil. Frankly, it’s a shock to realize that the second-biggest box-office star in the world in 1978 -- on the strength of back-to-back blockbusters Saturday Night Fever and Grease -- remains an A-list actor with upcoming dramatic roles in an Oliver Stone movie (Savages) and opposite Robert De Niro (Killing Season). We have a soft spot for the young Travolta, full of brio and testosterone and plainly reveling in parlaying his no-frills New Jersey upbringing into neon stardom. (Welcome Back, Kotter, anyone?) He powers the young-love story of Grease with ease, while Olivia Newton-John does her mannequin best as his clean-scrubbed Aussie object of desire. From a contemporary standpoint, this adaptation of the 1971 stage musical satisfies our urges for post-1960s nostalgia for an imaginary 1950s. Don’t think too hard about it; just belt out the words at tonight's Grease Sing-A-Long -- and keep your eyes on John T.
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