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
Doing research on human trafficking for her latest piece, The Escape, which integrates dance with music, text, film, and martial arts, dancer and choreographer Lenora Lee says she found that a lot of the abuse women go through is psychological and emotional, not just physical. “A lot of captors threaten repercussions if the women attempt to leave, and they say they will tell families back home,” Lee said. “They divide women and pit them against each other and try and get women dependent on them.” Lee conducted resarch at Chinatown’s historic Cameron House, which has provided support for Asian women and their families for more than 100 years, as well as talking to shelters and legal agencies to find out about current-day trafficking. To Lee, whose dance group is also performing parts of her two most recent large scale works about the Chinese exclusion act and Chinese men and violence for its Fifth Anniversary performance, it makes perfect sense to take on such a serious topic through dance. “You can listen to a lecture about it, but that’s not the same as seeing somebody embody a topic and dance about being raped,” she said.
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