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
In case you've been TaskRabbiting your way through life and haven't had the chance to leave the micro-loft to stroll the alleys and streets of central San Francisco, the number of homeless tent encampments in town is approaching epic levels — as in Hooverville and Great Depression levels.
The worlds love affair with boobs probably excludes a few gay guys and some women totin around the bazooms themselves. Besides them, though, were all here, some of us are queer, and goddess bless the mighty breast. If we may boldly continue this sort of jackass introduction to the Naked Girls Reading, its worth pointing out that the performers who are reading tonight will be fully nude and not just showcasing their racks. The event is intended to commemorate the Seventh Annual International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers. Years ago, serial killer Gary Ridgeway confessed to killing 90 women and specifically targeting prostitutes, essentially because he believed they were easy targets and no one cared about them. Local activist and ecosexual sexecologist Annie Sprinkle, upon reading this sad news, teamed up with the Sex Workers Outreach Project and declared Dec. 17 a day of remembrance. Tonights reading features the lovely Sprinkle, as well as a cast of gals reading from various tomes related to sex work. Come for the literature or come for the scenery, and by no means are you to feel any shame about enjoying either.
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