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
There’s been a lot of talk lately about the cool kids moving to Oakland. But who needs to be cool when you can be weird? And on Sunday, San Francisco will cook up a strange brew like no other city can with the How Weird Street Faire. Known for colorful costumes, stilt walkers, and hula hoops, How Weird will kick off the city’s street festival season with 10 stages of electronic music, art installations, and marching bands. The theme this year is “Weirdly Gras: a carnival of peace!” In the New Orleans tradition, the marching bands and performance groups will be organized into “krewes,” and there will be, of course, lots of magic beads. The music krewes will include Burning Man party-starters like Pink Mammoth and the trendier sounds you’d hear at Temple. There will also be vendors with unique artwork and a local take on Cajun and Creole food. It’s a psychedelic jambalaya with a little something for everyone — no matter where you lay your weirdly head.
Sun., April 28, 12-8 p.m., 2013