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.
The mission of Theatre Rhinoceros has long been to produce gay theater that doesn’t simplify complex issues — or, in the words of Artistic Director John Fisher, doesn’t “put a warm and fuzzy blanket over gay people.” In that spirit, Fisher’s crew refuses to take pot shots at even the easiest of targets: the Catholic Church. A new production of Kate Fodor’s 100 Saints You Should Know (in previews tonight and tomorrow) “captures the appeal of Catholicism and the tensions of it,” Fisher says. The show follows characters who feel that “the world isn’t completely explained by the newspaper and T.V.” and search for something larger. One, Matthew (Wylie Herman), is a gay priest struggling with one of his profession’s paradoxical mandates: The Church wants priests to be sexual so that they can sympathize with their parishioners, but it forbids acting on that sexuality. No problem, right? His mother, Colleen (Tamar Cohn), is an Irish Catholic who “understands religion in a primal way, as part of her body” and clashes with her errant son. At a time when, as Fisher says, “it’s hip” to hate on religion, 100 Saints serves as a compelling reminder of the value in asking the big questions.
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