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
Mashing up different world cuisines is usually a popular conceit for new quick-service eateries and food trucks to make a quick buck and gain Instagram fame, but Volta has shown how well global cross-pollination works on a refined plate without stretching for novelty or pretense in the process.
It's been said that print is dead. Eventually, maybe. Yet the newspaper is still enough of a daily ritual in people's lives to spark lively conversations and spur social interaction. Just ask Geri Montano, a curator and art instructor who organized an exhibition based on the concept. She says her developmentally disabled students routinely bring newspapers to the studio, and that the papers are a continuing source of discussions on current events especially baseball in the recent past. So she borrowed a phrase from the classic riddle about newspapers for the title: "Black and White and Read All Over." Montano asked participants to incorporate newsprint or the daily news into their art, or to use a minimalist palette of black, white, and red. Some artists use the paper itself: In a lighthearted drawing by Hector Lopez, a cluster of superheroes sporting flashy red capes and pants is superimposed on the crossword and horoscope pages. Badia Forbes uses clippings to bring an element of collage into an expressionist portrait. Others take inspiration from the suggested color scheme, as in Selene Gomez' striking image of a crane on a white background, its feathers composed of washes of black ink. The exhibition possesses the gallery's trademark energy and humor, including the newsprint the artists used to cover the walls. The opening for the exhibit starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 6.
Mondays-Saturdays. Starts: Jan. 6. Continues through Feb. 23, 2011