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
Theres a lot more to Mike Judge than the mind numbing, rude-boy antics of Beavis and Butt-Head led us to believe. The guy has brains, talent, and hold on to your seat taste. Sure, the mix of mind-twisting comic shorts hes compiled for the fourth edition of "The Animation Show" includes a couple of brief odes to slapstick violence and adolescent grossness. But theyre trumped by an array of amazing art, from the exquisite noir stylings of Trevor Jimenez Key Lime Pie to the cinematic, drug-addled delirium of Stefan Muellers Mr. Schwartz, Mr. Hazen & Mr. Horlocker (which screened at the S.F. International Film Festival mere weeks ago). Stop-motion devotees will devour PES Dadaesque Western Spaghetti, while Steve Dildarians Angry Unpaid Hooker (starring the shameless hero of his upcoming animated HBO series The Life and Times of Tim) delivers the goods for fans of character comedy. The most astonishing works, however, come from the Gobelins School of Animation in Paris, confirming that the French are still the sharpest pencils in the drawer (The Triplets of Belleville, anyone?). Dildarian and Dave Carter, the congenitally irreverent Aussie creator of Psychotown, appear at the screenings July 5, ready to attest to Mike Judges taste in burgundy and Brioni.
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