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
Pop quiz: How many of you Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman fans out there have seen even one Jean-Luc Godard film? Frankly, friends, thats plain embarrassing. You cant go around touting the brilliance of your heroes fragmented narratives, surrealist alienation, emotional dead ends, and left-field comedy without some awareness of cinemas long-reigning radical prodigy. A fine place to start is Made in U.S.A., the directors long-unavailable 1966 Rubiks cube of a romp starring his muse and soon-to-be ex-wife Anna Karina as a gumshoe (inspired by Bogart in The Big Sleep) getting to the bottom of her lovers murder. Godard filters his admiration for no-nonsense American genre pictures the movie is dedicated to famed directors Nicholas Ray and Samuel Fuller through his usual lacerating contempt for American consumerism, advertising, and covert government intervention. Made in U.S.A. combines that perverse tension with a bold, bright color scheme (stunningly rendered in this new print), then plugs in the vibrant, up-for-anything Karina, and lets er rip. See it once for its beauty and audacity; see it again to make sense of it all.
April 1-7, 2009