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
Discarded to Divine is a fashion-show benefit auction in which designers create new looks from piles of old clothes that were likely never in the neighborhood of anything that could be called a look (save Look at this piece-of-shit shirt I got at the liquor store!). Given the raw materials, it has the air of a Project Runway challenge about it, especially since many of the designers are young and hungry and the clothes are sent down the runway arranged around models. Also, Sweet P. (season four; booted episode 11) and Jay Nicolas Sario (season seven; booted episode 11) are actually in Discarded to Divine this year, making dresses, so everybody is hereby given blanket forgiveness for muttering things like Make it work and U R aut after a few drinks. (The preshow cocktail and hors d'oeuvres reception is always a nice time, incidentally.) Proceeds benefit the St. Vincent de Paul Society, which is the source of the discarded clothes the designers pick through.
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