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 were watching the Tavis Smiley special on Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. the other night, when something surprising happened. We thought we knew most of the elements of Kings story, but among the pastors, rabble-rousers, and senators Smiley interviewed, up popped Tony Bennett. Archival photos showed that in fact, yes, Bennett had marched with King in Selma, Ala., in the famous 1965 civil rights struggle. Whoa. We had, like everyone else in the entire world, admired the bone-deep smoothness of Bennetts smile, sports coat, and tone. (The only person smoother than Tony Bennett is Johnny Mathis, but why make it a contest?) However, we had not known the singer was an activist during one of the most important moments in United States history. We do now, and so do you. Good job, Tony! At Benedetto/Blessed, actor and singer Russ Lorenson channels Bennetts hits, including The Best Is Yet to Come, and, were gonna guess, I Left My Heart in San Francisco.
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