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.
Clouds of crimson billow across one wall as if from an open wound. A length of stained gauze decays seemingly before your eyes. Jagged streaks of rusty-red fluid erupt into the ether. No, these aren’t scenes from the set of Hollywood’s latest vampire franchise. It’s the new solo show “Haemoscuro,” by artist Jordan Eagles, who uses a most unusual material in his work: animal blood. Vegans and those who are weak of stomach take heed. Sourced from slaughterhouses, Eagles’ blood is the real deal and is certainly unsettling. But rather than merely attempting to gross you out, he experiments with the substance’s aesthetic qualities, for example suspending it in resin or mixing it with copper. In his BARC series the fluid collects into shapes that resemble underground caverns, or perhaps the cavities of the human body, while the fabric he uses in his ROZE pieces simultaneously brings to mind the color-field paintings of Mark Rothko (if Rothko stained his canvases with blood) and the mummies of ancient Egypt. The Egyptians of course believed the process of mummification prepared bodies for the hereafter, and Eagles’ work similarly references issues of existence and mortality. As he allows blood to spill through Plexiglas and resin, taking the form of bolts of electricity or streams of lava, Eagles could be re-creating the Big Bang, the origin of the universe itself. The exhibit is in a centrally located gallery and a good starting point for the First Thursday art crawl.
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