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
In case you've been TaskRabbiting your way through life and haven't had the chance to leave the micro-loft to stroll the alleys and streets of central San Francisco, the number of homeless tent encampments in town is approaching epic levels — as in Hooverville and Great Depression levels.
He unified China, started construction on the Great Wall, introduced innovations like chariots and swords, built roads, and had his enemies buried alive. The First Emperor, Qin Shihuang, started planning for his death when he was 13 and built himself a tomb that contained a vast underground city guarded by a life-size terracotta army with infantrymen, horses, chariots, weaponry, and warriors. Ten (the maximum allowed outside of China for an exhibition) of those nearly 8,000 warriors are now in San Francisco for "China's Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor's Legacy." So how to celebrate? Clearly with a dance rumble led by CHERYL, an artist collective that specializes in video art and museum installations. Marc Mayer, the museum's educator for public programs, went to CHERYL's parties when he lived in New York and says he’s looking forward to the group leading the partygoers in turf wars inspired by the terracotta army and the 1970s film The Warriors. Dressing up, dancing, battling, and seeing objects from one of the most mind-boggling archaeological discoveries in modern times — not bad for a Thursday night.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Feb. 21. Continues through May 27, 2013