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
You already know so much about Elizabeth Taylor: husbands, jewels, AIDS activism. Thats fine; you should know those things. But at Remembering Dame Elizabeth Taylor, you can learn even more about her. Seems like no one ever talks about what a great actor she was, for one thing. Tonights two films demonstrate every best thing about Taylor the artist, many of which are surprising to those more familiar with her as a wrinkly Michael Jacksonidentified parfumeuse or whatever BS the celebrity machine spit in your brain. In the first place, Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf is a shivery classic in which every actor rides insane perfection to a froth, and still Taylor towers over them all. You are a different and better person after that first, clinging-to-the-reins viewing. In the second place, if it is indeed your first time seeing Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf, do not under any psychotropic-free circumstances attempt Boom! Even seasoned freaks have been known to wobble at Taylors headdresses and shrieking here (Noël Coward, making entrances and exits for the ages, does not calm you down) but her control is total. An opening night event (gala double feature of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Suddenly, Last Summer on May 27) benefits Project Inform, an organization supporting people living with AIDS, which Taylors own foundation supported generously.
May 27-June 1, 2011