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
The most clichéd things you can possibly associate with San Francisco are the Golden Gate Bridge and fog over the bay, but looking out at the bridge in a thick fog from Kirby Cove, with the skyline of the city peeking through, is just as magical as it is stupidly clichéd. Although you have to make your way to the Marin Headlands to experience this view, the Kirby Cove campgrounds are well worth the adventure into that home base of the anti-vaccination movement, just for their gorgeous view of the city.
Little Sofia, born and raised in suburban France, has to be forced into the van that takes her back to her native Morocco. Ten years later, she is a frustrated rebel at a Moroccan college, working in her parents olive orchard on weekends. Determined to return to France, she compulsively studies to qualify for a French university. Shes constantly criticized for dressing French, doing farmwork like a man, and wanting more than to be a proper Moroccan wife. Complicating the usual immigrant tale of the second generation returning to appreciate her roots, French Girl explores the heroines desperate love for her overseas home. Morocco is not just an evil place that forbids Sofia from doing what she wants its also a part of her, as the films beautiful landscape compositions prove. When the noose of traditional marriage and exile in Morocco begins to tighten, Sofias resolve intensifies and she takes desperate action. Souad El-Bouhatis moving debut feature stars the dynamic Hafsia Herzi, who won awards for her performance in Abdellatif Kechiches The Secret of the Grain.
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