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
We will dispense with the double entendres: Carol Doda, who we lost in November, was a San Francisco hero who will be rightly celebrated and remembered as long as the town she helped create still stands, the torch held aloft along Broadway and kept alight in neon.
The Presidio is filled with some of the strangest wonders of San Francisco — ancient forts, Lucasfilm outposts, labyrinths, gravestones for deceased pets — and the Legion of Honor is no exception. The unusual neoclassical architecture of the museum alone makes it worth a visit, and its views of the city and the ocean aren’t to be missed, either. Somehow, many San Franciscans have never visited it, except perhaps to pose for their wedding portraits. However, the museum houses the city’s most comprehensive collection of classic artwork, including painting, sculpture, and photography. Current exhibitions include an exploration of our relationships with animals from the Paleolithic Era to the present day, and lavish artifacts from the reigns of the French monarchs Louis XIV to Marie-Antoinette. There’s also a guy playing the organ in the sculpture gallery on weekend afternoons, an extensive library of prints and drawings that can be visited with advance notice, and a cute café where you can grab a drink or a quick bite. Take advantage of the free admission today (and the first Tuesday of every month) to experience the glamour and mystery of the museum.
Tue., Feb. 5, 2013