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 was the last time you were surprised to find yourself in tears? It's a rare experience to weep unexpectedly: One minute you're sitting there thinking, "This movie is pretty cool. I like the music," and the next you're suppressing a sob and looking around to make sure no one saw you. But it happens, and it could happen to you during the Headlands Center for the Arts and SF Cinematheque screening called "Reconciliation." The program features short and feature-length movies, mostly by current or former artists in residence at the Headlands' magnificent campus. We've already told you a million times about Bill Daniel's hobo graffiti opus Who Is Bozo Texino. But also scheduled is Vanessa Woods' The Stillness in the Room, a damaged-stock piece concentrating on British death and mourning rituals. Also, it turns out that art film veteran Roger Deutsch (of Dead People and Blank Generation fame) lives in the Bay Area these days. His contribution here, Mario Makes a Movie, sums up filmmaking with the line: "I thought you might be interested to see something I saw."
Thu., Sept. 13, 8 p.m.