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
Sundays in the deep South were once governed by something called "blue laws" (and for all we know they still are). On the Christian (er, Protestant) sabbath, retailers were forbidden from selling liquor – and most were prohibited from being open at all. San Francisco must have its own set of reverse blue laws (maybe akin to "blue movies") because what else would explain such an unholy production as Hubba Hubba Revue moving from its usual gritty SoMa home to a swanky North Beach club on the Lord's Day? The master of ceremonies -- a man called Kingfish who has promoted this local collection of thrills, laughs, and skin for years -- calls it the 3-Ring Ruckus, and it will include table seating, cocktails, and a dinner menu. Sounds fancy, huh? Well hold on just a minute while we tell you the rest. According to Kingfish, "There will be knife-throwing, sword-swallowing, pole acrobatics, classic striptease, hula-hoopery, comedy jokes, an absolutely fabulous bellydance troupe, and, of course, a gorilla." That last part would be Gorilla X, the co-host. In other words, "We'll still be our usual tawdry selves," says he. Except fancy. To name names: Tonight's knife-thrower is a dare-devil named Molotov, the pole acrobat is one Kara Nova, burlesquers include Dixie DeLish as well as Mynx D'Meanor and Miss Balla Fire, and the hypnotic shimmying is provided by Ooh-La-La Bellydance. The show hasn't started yet, but the high-end environs might already be going to Kingfish's head. "Will we be the next Teatro ZinZanni?" he asks, starry eyed. "Only time will tell!"
Sun., June 17, 8 p.m., 2012