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
San Francisco Film Society held their Film Society Awards Night at Bimbo's on Tuesday, May 7th. Harrison Ford was in attendance accepting the 2013 Peter J. Owens Award. Photographs by Josh Edelson for SF Weekly.
If you had only six words to write your memoir, which would you chose? Hed eat only at taco trucks? Moved to the city, lost mind? We broke up over organic furniture? Ours might be Read more at www.sfweekly.com, which is only four words, the rest being at you-know-where. The short-attention-span editors at Smith magazine, who solicit six-word memoirs for a living and their Web site, managed to garner enough about mushy stuff to fill Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak, a trendy book whose own six words might be Better than Stuff White People Like. Like their last effort (Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure), the new book has contributions from those famous (Armistead Maupin, Robert Hass, Dan Savage) and not. Theyre also releasing Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous and Obscure at the same time, and everything about publishing tells us theyll have another book coming along shortly thereafter. This time, get your own life story in print: Just think up your best six words and plug them into www.smithmag.net or lob them to the editors at todays appearance of Smith founder Larry Smith and senior editor Rachel Fershleiser.
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