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
When the San Francisco Arts Commission wanted someone to dress up City Hall for the building's 100th anniversary last year, and become the structure's first artist-in-residence, it took a leap of faith by choosing Jeremy Fish.
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.
For U.S. fans eager to see the latest films from China (or India or Japan, for that matter), DVD has long been the mode of choice. Theres a lot to be said for speed and convenience, but whats lost is the communal experience of sitting with strangers in a dark theater. The third annual Chinese American Film Festival, with its up-to-the-minute program and cozy venue, delivers on both counts. The final day of the festival boasts the riveting big-budget nail-biter, The Message, in which a sadistic Japanese interrogator circa 1942 aims to root out the resistance operative in Nankings puppet government. The Founding of a Republic enlists Chinese stars including Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and Ziyi Zhang, among many others, for its diligent recitation of the events that culminated in the founding of the Peoples Republic of China in 1949. History also provides the backdrop for Turning Point 1977, a drama about a band of marooned young people weighing choices and commitment on a distant farm at the end of the Cultural Revolution. The fest wraps on a feel-good note with a revival of Stirring Trip to Mutuo, a fact-based 2003 saga inspired by an elderly Shanghai man who trekked high into the mountains to build a school. Shot under the most primitive and arduous conditions, Mutuo like the other epics deserves to be seen on the big screen.
Nov. 12-22, 2009