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
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Have you ever responded to a voicemail via e-mail only to receive a text-message reply? Do you keep in touch with close yet distant friends via Internet sites like MySpace and Friendster? Have you ever opted to stay home and rent a movie as opposed to going out tolive theater? These are some of the questions explored in this hypnotic multimedia performance created by Sara Kraft and Ed Purver. The piece's other questions involve a top-secret and true-to-life CIA program initiated during the Cold War and operated out of Stanford called Remote Viewing, in which soldiers studied psychic warfare, training to subdue enemies with hugs, yoga, and, most importantly, their spoon-bending minds. Using a fusion of layered projected image, music, dance, and acting to incredible effect, Remote weaves these queries into a haunting tapestry that points out the ways we connect while keeping a distance through technology. Purver (a dead ringer for Jude Law) is hilariously absurd as he attempts to use his mind power to burst the heart of a goat, but the overall theme of personal disconnect is bittersweet. The actors create and mix all the visual and auditory wizardry live on stage, gently reminding the audience that this isn't prerecorded entertainment. Or, as Kraft's character puts it, "Where else do we get to experience an unrepeatable experience ... together?"