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
Because not everyone can shell out a week's worth of rent on the edible art of a hand-tweezed tasting menu, veteran restaurateur Kash Feng (owner of Michelin-starred Omakase) and consulting chef Shin Aoki (formally of Michelin-starred Kaigetsu) bring you Okane — legit Japanese fare for epicures of the 99 percent.
Local filmmaker Nara Denning loves ancient mythology, but she messes with it a lot. Plus, her other great love seems to be variations on sexy woman crushes puny man. Her contribution to Beyond Manny and Marcos: Far-Out Filipino American Films and Theater is Neurotique # 6, which she calls the finale in a series of tragic love stories. The mythology here, rendered in Dennings signature neo-silent style, is Hawaiian sexy volcano goddess Pele, played by Dominique De Guzman, crushes a puny, pith-helmeted photographer. (William Buck, star of all the Neurotiques, is also crushed by nurses, belly dancers, a sexy robot, even a butterfly.) One can hardly blame Madame Pele, though pith helmet was watching as she got it ritually on with her water god, played in majestic metallic body paint by performance-art god Anthem Salgado, who also curated tonights event. All this and roiling clouds, exciting jungle chase scenes, and the deep-focus, high-gloss black-and-white weve come to rely on for our messed-up mythology and mean glamazons. Eight other filmmakers and four stage actors also contribute to this stellar evening.
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