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
The arts sector is one of our city's major life forces -- not only do the arts feed the city's soul, but also its pockets -- four times as many jobs and three times as much city revenue than other similarly-sized cities, in fact. This is why nearly 70 arts and culture organizations have come together to host the third annual San Francisco Arts Town Hall. The forum features candidates for the S.F. Board of Supervisors and serves as an opportunity for both the arts community and the general public to collectively shape the arts' role in future political agendas. In the past, the event has successfully served as a space for the arts sector to bring the breadth of its impact on culture, education, and the economy to light -- around $509 million in household income and 1.7 billion in local tourist revenue annually, both hearty chunks of change. Further proof through the support of the general public is greatly appreciated. This Town Hall is hosted by groundbreaking journalist Belva Davis, and is followed by a reception -- a great opportunity to engage in more intimate conversations with local artists, community members, and politicians like David Chiu, John Avalos, and Thea Selby.
Mon., Aug. 20, 6 p.m., 2012