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.
We’re not saying someone is guaranteed to fall in the pool. We’re just pointing out that a pool is there, and that people are drinking cocktails and perhaps not paying full attention to their footing. It’s easy to get distracted at an art fair, after all, especially at one as full of stimuli as ArtPadSF. Set at the Phoenix Hotel, the exhibition takes place on a weekend when fellow gallery extravaganza artMRKT is also running full steam at the Concourse Exhibition Center. An art aficionado might feel wracked with indecision about which show to attend if time is at a premium as both events feature a wealth of cutting-edge local galleries and artists. For us ArtPadSF has the slight edge based on location, location, and (well) location. Instead of having to navigate a big convention floor, patrons can concoct a more personal art experience by wandering from room to room, where exhibitors put together installations. Besides bringing together some of our fave S.F. spaces such as Steven Wolf Fine Arts, Creativity Explored, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, and The Popular Workshop, ArtPadSF also allows visitors to get a taste of the red-hot Oakland art scene in the form of Johansson Projects, Swarm Gallery, and Mercury 20 repping the sunny side of the bay. Emerging galleries from farther-flung locations (Portland, Los Angeles, and Chicago) further widen the fair’s scope. Just watch your step as you meander the grounds, lest you find yourself in that pool.
May 17-20, noon, 2012