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
S3X Gallery says that it’s San Francisco’s first gallery dedicated to displaying only erotic art. While certain other venues in town might have something to say about that (Hello, Femina Potens. How you doing, Mark I. Chester Studio?), if the gallery’s opening lineup and plans for the future are any indication, it’s a welcome addition to a pretty small group. The exhibit “s3xplorations” opens tonight, and in it is David Steinberg. About a decade ago, responding to claims that there is no “real” sex in pornography, the photographer and longtime writer began shooting couples who have established sexual relationships. His initial work, mostly black-and-white, captured stunning (and not exclusively explicit) emotional interaction among opposite- as well as same-sex couples, vanilla as well as kinky. He later photographed transgender women and people with disabilities; some of that work is shown tonight. David Hinnebusch of Venice Beach stands in stark contrast to Steinberg. His garishly colored paintings resemble de Kooning’s Woman series, pushing the figurative rather than Steinberg’s literal. Also exhibiting are Mark O’Bryan (who is local), Thorsten Jankowski (a German), and Mollie Kellog (also from Southern California). Live entertainment includes a burlesque act by the Hot Toddies Flaming Cabaret, a female magician, erotic poetry, and screening of vintage erotic films. The gallery’s website says it intends to have erotica-themed events every Friday and Saturday, and that it also plans classes and workshops in sexuality. The gallery is housed in what once was a Tenderloin X-rated moviehouse — the marquee still says “Art Theater” — and that probably is a first for San Francisco.
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