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
In her broad outlines, Claireece Precious Jones, the central figure of director Lee Danielss Precious, risks sounding like the epitome of ghetto cliché: an obese, illiterate 16-year-old; physically and psychologically abused by her mother; repeatedly raped by her father. Based on the 1996 bestseller Push by African-American poet Sapphire, Danielss film adopts an aesthetic that is often more grotesque than artful, sometimes artfully grotesque, and rarely delivered with less than a sledgehammer thwack. The apartment shared by Precious (newcomer Gabourey Sidibe) and her layabout welfare mother, Mary (MoNique), appears like a Lenox Avenue Grey Gardens, while flashbacks to Preciouss horrifying rapes play like outtakes from an outré blaxploitation farce. Yet the movie still packs a wallop. What Daniels lacks as a craftsman, he makes up for in his willingness to put the lives of black women, worn low by cycles of abuse and defeatism, on the screen with brute-force candor and a lack of sentimentality. A former casting director, Daniels also shows exceptional skill with his actors, a mix of musicians and comedians effectively cast against type, especially the gale-force MoNique, who transforms an ostensibly one-note monster mom into a complex portrait of a psychologically damaged woman, and the magnanimous Sidibe, who carries the alternately exhausting and exhilarating narrative on her formidable shoulders.
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