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
Once famous throughout the league as a haven for misfits and rejects looking to resurrect their careers, the Raiders have for the last decade or more made an art from out of epically wrong personnel decisions.
When we first heard Terry Riley’s “In C,” our minds left us -- all those instruments, in all those minutes, all galloping after that C. We’d always known classical was inventive; we’d just never heard inventiveness so hypnotic, so direct, so rock ’n’ roll. Riley became our classical point man to what we should be paying attention to. Today, we find we should be paying attention to Eva Soltes’ film Lou Harrison: World of Music, in part because Riley himself, at tonight’s benefit screening, takes a seat behind the theater’s “mighty Wurlitzer” for a musical prelude to the film. Take a moment with that -- Riley on a pipe organ. As for Harrison, he was an eclectic 20th century composer (he may have been the model for it, actually) who tasted early success in New York, then lit out for a remote cabin following a breakdown, where he began his groundbreaking compositions. He threw everything into his work -- non-Western styles, found instruments, gamelan instruments, alternate tunings -- tempered by a surprising (for such a modern composer) lyricism. Soltes’ film comes out of the Lou Harrison Documentary Project, which spent more than 20 years documenting the composer, creating more than 300 hours of performance and interview footage.
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