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
Perhaps ADD has finally overrun the country, after years of dire predictions. Or maybe the near-universal arrival of broadband, catapulting YouTube into the leading cause of office time-wasting, deserves the credit. Whatever the root cause, short-form film and video has never been more popular. Popular, hell; addictive is more like it. The bug has spread to the offline (read real) world, where a number of shorts programs are staples on the film calendar. The 46th Ann Arbor Film Festival Touring Program, selected by the countrys most prestigious annual shindig of shorts, represents the crème de la crème of the last years output. The two synapse-jolting shows bristle with mind-blowing technique and self-lacerating humor, achieving a perfect storm of art and entertainment value. Yes, a few of the pieces have previously played Bay Area venues, like former local filmmaker Daniel Robins My Olympic Summer and current local fave Adam Kekers On the Assassination of the President, but they are well worth a second look -- on something bigger than your laptop.
Nov. 6-7, 8 p.m., 2008