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
We will dispense with the double entendres: Carol Doda, who we lost in November, was a San Francisco hero who will be rightly celebrated and remembered as long as the town she helped create still stands, the torch held aloft along Broadway and kept alight in neon.
In light art, God or the nuclear fusion of hydrogen into helium on a scale that even Stephen Hawking can barely comprehend, let alone stare at is the ultimate artist. Elaine Buckholtz is somewhere under that. Were not sure where, but we think its pretty close, since her latest installation, The Urban Unseen: Examining San Franciscos in Between Spaces, makes use of three Victorian houses; 1906-1910 Golden Gate Ave. Shes part of the exhibit of the same name at USFs Thacher Gallery (an opening reception is today at 3 p.m.) in which artists like Buckholtz, Paul Madonna, and Moshe Quinn explore the interstitial places of the citys shoulder-to-shoulder housing. Buckholtz explores this literally: She shines her beams on some of them for her site-specific installation down the street from the gallery, giving the nooks that house trash chutes and back-bedroom windows center stage. The front facades, shrouded by the night sky, are for once unable to pine for everyones attention like the painted harlots they are. Its a bit of a meditative angle for Buckholtz, who's been known to hustle a portable light cart down 24th Street in the Mission District, dousing buildings along the way, and project psychedelic manipulated image light videos from every window in more than a few hulking buildings.
Feb. 25-26, 5:30 p.m., 2010