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
As Hayes Valley continues its centuries-long transformation from unpopulated pasture to sinister highway underpass to hotbed of precious confiseries, so the Capsule Design Festival grows in strength and followers. Twice a year, some mysterious and shadowy design organization called Capsule draws together legions of clothing and accessory designers, graphic and fine artists, industrial and architectural monkeys, and assorted other bleeding-edge artisans and idea people. The sixth installment of Capsule, while sadly lacking in the dusty hanging plant baskets and secondhand Georgia O'Keeffe posters we've grown to love and fear to touch, swears from the bottom of its urbane heart to unveil a few well-designed surprises amidst the 140 booths. After all, each designer is "screened for originality and relevancy" before being invited to participate, which is something you should do regularly anyway if you're sleeping with multiple designers. Expect leather jackets, silk-screened tank tops for slender and violent fashionistas, hip stationery for tweens, ultramodern papier-mâché clowns, boldly eco-conscious handbags, images of retro Latinas, revolutionary tea cozies, and handmade dolls fashioned from scrap and recycled fabrics.
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