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've all had that day: the one where you accidentally hit "Reply All" on an email intended for one or get rear-ended as you're backing out of the veterinary clinic where you've just spent your life savings to find out that the results on your cat's blood work are "inconclusive."
In the winter of 1981, a 22-year old woman jumped from a loft on New York’s East Side. She was rendered unrecognizable and carried no identification so it took time for her family members to realize their loss. It took the rest of the world some time longer. The Woodmans, a documentary directed by C. Scott Willis, explores the short life of Francesca Woodman, whose efflorescent black-and-white self-portraits have come to rest on the walls of New York museums including the Met, Whitney, and MOMA. Most of Woodman’s work was created when she was still a student -- some of it as early as age 13 – which makes Woodman the closest thing the world of photography had to a child prodigy. Like crumbling pages of some mystical Edwardian poet, her explorations of form are delicate, tender, and saturated with meaning. It is more lyrical terrain than the battle zones that Willis once navigated for CNN and ABC. But The Woodmans is not merely an ode to one woman’s vision. With unparalleled access to diaries, videos, family members, and friends, Willis follows the stress fractures within her psyche, her family, and the New York art world as a whole that led to ruin. The Woodmans screens in conjunction with a major retrospective at SFMOMA; Willis and museum curator Corey Keller appear at the 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. screenings on Nov. 18.
Nov. 18-24, 2011