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
White people stealing black peoples pets. Thats what the trailer for Geralyn Pezanoskis documentary, Mine, looks like the film focuses on pets who were lost in Hurricane Katrina. If you remember, almost as soon as the levees broke, people began accusing evacuees of abandoning their pets, when the reality was that the monsters in charge of the Super Dome wouldnt allow in animals, and rescue operators wouldnt accept them either. Thus, poor people were forcibly separated from their four-leggeds, whereupon others got to go save abandoned animals, take them to shelters, and either kill them or give them away. If that sounds harsh, dont see the movie, which takes a level look at a few specific families playing tug-of-war with dogs, and in the course of doing so shows a lot of racial tension and inequality. Why would she want to keep my dog? is sort of the takeaway quote here.
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