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 most clichéd things you can possibly associate with San Francisco are the Golden Gate Bridge and fog over the bay, but looking out at the bridge in a thick fog from Kirby Cove, with the skyline of the city peeking through, is just as magical as it is stupidly clichéd. Although you have to make your way to the Marin Headlands to experience this view, the Kirby Cove campgrounds are well worth the adventure into that home base of the anti-vaccination movement, just for their gorgeous view of the city.
Street art has gone from subversive to respectable over the past decade, what with Banksy becoming an Oscar nominee and Shepard Fairey mounting career retrospectives in white-walled museums. Its an object lesson in Joe Strummers maxim, He who fucks nuns will later join the church. The form has now also been granted the ultimate stamp of legitimacy a lavish Taschen book, Trespass. A History of Uncommissioned Urban Art. Its enough to make a purist take to the streets. But the thing about street art is that it can never be completely mainstreamed, no matter how many times its appropriated by Krylon-wielding viral marketing teams or exhibited to the art world elite. As long as there are disenfranchised young artists, itll remain vital and anarchic. The author/editors of Trespass are wise to celebrate this restless quality instead of attempting to preserve the form in amber. The book documents street arts history, from Keith Haring and Jenny Holzer to the Guerrilla Girls and Banksy, while treating the form as an ever-moving target, a defiant act of social protest and guerrilla urban renewal. To celebrate the books release, editor Ethel Seno interviews Jack Napier of the Billboard Liberation Front about how street art and its endlessly defiant spirit became an (official) global phenomenon.
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