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 will dispense with the double entendres: Carol Doda, who we lost in November, was a San Francisco hero who will be rightly celebrated and remembered as long as the town she helped create still stands, the torch held aloft along Broadway and kept alight in neon.
The Big Lebowski opened in 1998 to mixed reviews and a so-so box office. Fresh off the smash success of their breakthrough 1996 movie Fargo, Joel and Ethan Coen had raised critics' expectations for yet another dark, demented comedy in the vein of Raising Arizona or Blood Simple. Instead, the brothers threw everybody for a loop with the wandering tale of laid-back, dope-smoking slacker Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges), who's mistaken for a crime kingpin of the same name and soon finds himself embroiled in some very risky business. Reviewers weren't sure what to think about this strange stew, a film peopled with bizarre characters such as a volatile Vietnam vet (John Goodman), a sleazy Latino bowler (John Turturro), and a threatening band of German nihilist assassins who suspiciously resemble the band Kraftwerk. But fans of freaky cinema soon discovered a flick worthy of veneration when Lebowski hit video stores, transforming the box office failure into a bona fide midnight-movie hit. A number of theaters and arts groups have since paid tribute to what has come to be known as the "Cult of Lebowski." Duuuuude!
April 19-21, 7 & 9:25 p.m.; Wed., April 20, 2 & 4:20 p.m.; Thu., April 21, 7 & 9:25 p.m., 2011