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
Schools out and its Kids Korner at the movies for the next three months, as Hollywood floods the market with a summer harvest of CGI heroes and villains, and slapstick doofuses and shtick peddlers. Fortunately, children (and parents) seeking a respite from the torrent of mindless entertainment have a friend at the Urban Kidz Film Festival. The sixth annual edition of this free (for kidz) program of the San Francisco Black Film Festival is actually a single, pull-out-the-stops show. The lights dim at noon for a stellar collection of animated and live-action shorts from the U.S. and Canada, plus a wild card from South Africa. After a nourishing break, the afternoon rolls on with the feature-length documentary, Do You Believe in Magic?, which is not about the Lovin Spoonful. This inspiring, invigorating film follows the trick-filled trek of two poor students at Cape Towns College of Magic as they strive to reach the World Teenage Magic Championships in Las Vegas. Trust us, the superheroes at the multiplex have nothing on Lesley and Mfundo.
Sat., May 31, noon, 2008