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 all-ages West Coast Kings and Queens Chess Tournament aims to be more than just a game. With its chess tutorials, martial arts exhibitions, and discussion sessions in addition to the main competitive event, organizers from the Hip-Hop Chess Federation and Bay Area Chess offer a family-friendly day with plenty of alternatives to violence Mission District teens, especially in this particular school year, could probably use a calm day. Bay Area rap stars and chess enthusiasts Traxamillion, Ray Luv, Balance, and Big Rich conduct a Life Strategies panel, discussing the best decisions theyve made as artists and individuals. The Characteristics of the Queen panel, geared toward young women, is led by hip-hop artists MC Melina Jones and the Conscious Daughters, along with chess empowerment pros Jean Hoffman and Marilyn Yalom (author of Birth of the Chess Queen: A History). The audience learns not only about the most regal of the chess pieces, but also what it means to think like a queen.
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