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.
When people first see Olivo Barbieri's overhead photographs, nobody believes hes a photographer. They think hes an obsessed modelmaker. It takes a lot of inspecting and some technical jargon he uses something called a tilt-focus lens to make you believe that his portrait of, say, Rome was shot from a helicopter and not from atop a ladder. Everything looks fake, constructed out of plastic; some areas are weirdly out of focus, others in sharp detail. Hes done some voodoo on depth-of-field. His short films of cities like Los Angeles and Shanghai are even more disarming, given the discombobulating addition of motion. His piece site specific_LAS VEGAS 05, part of the exhibit Double Down: Two Visions of Vegas, makes the city look more unreal than it actually is. He boarded his helicopter out in the desert and flew into the glittery strip, circling casinos, with the tut-tut of the blades mixed with a soundtrack of tinkling slots, murmuring crowds, and piano music. Its on YouTube, but the jackpot is seeing it in a darkened room on a big screen. It appears with Stephen Dean's No More Bets, which transforms the citys signage into abstract color.
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