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
We don't know anything about mixed martial arts other than, you know, the blood, so we did a Google Image search on today's favorite in the Heavyweight UFC 116 match, current UFC Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar. Holy potatoes, Brock Lesnar. His head is bigger than our car. He used to be a WWF wrestler, one of the bigger ones, to give you some idea. He also used to play for the Minnesota Vikings. If you needed to point out muscle groups to a nearsighted old man from a mile away, you could use Lesnar. You could also point out a sword, because he has a giant one tattooed on his chest (or is it a penis? Because that's what people are saying online). He's only been fighting in the UFC for three years, and won the title in his second year. Things seem to be going his way, but then we did a Google Image search on his opponent, Shane Carwin. Sweet mother of meatloaf. Carwin is the UFC Interim Heavyweight Champion (don't worry about the details), and he has a NSFW staredown that made us gasp, or maybe whimper. Ten other fights precede the main event.
Sat., July 3, 7 p.m., 2010