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
Mozzeria, newcomers to the Outside Lands lineup, will bring their 25-foot trolley, a restored mobile San Francisco cable car with a wood-fired oven, to Bluxome Street Winery for a Pinot, Pizza and Funk party. Local funk favorite Tortoise and the Pimps will perform while guests enjoy a special menu of Neapolitan pizzas and wine pairings! A ticket includes entry, one personal pizza and two glasses of wine; tickets are $40 per person. Limited tickets will be available at the door for $45.More
We've all had that day: the one where you accidentally hit "Reply All" on an email intended for one or get rear-ended as you're backing out of the veterinary clinic where you've just spent your life savings to find out that the results on your cat's blood work are "inconclusive."
Sha Sha Higby’s work is frequently described as “sculptural costume in motion,” which expresses the physicality -- Higby uses ceramic, metal, wood, gold leaf, silk, paper, and lacquer to create her extraordinary “characters” -- without approaching the tone -- a masked woman suspended in a coral-like latticework, a demigod with plumes of fungus, a sorceress of rattling bones, a dryad of spiderwebs and bramble. Transformation has long been Higby’s calling. As a young girl, she once sewed together 25 petticoats so that a flip of wrist could change her. Today, a single costume takes about two years to develop. As stratums and trimmings are added with each show, Higby figuratively folds her audience into the work, but that exchange is not fast and effortless. Informed by studies of Japanese Noh theater, Butoh dance, and Indonesian shadow puppetry, Higby’s performances are dreamy, meditative, poetic progressions that require the viewer’s presence of mind. The result is beautiful. Higby easily embodies the light of changing seasons, the power of myth, the strength of memory, and the sacred geometry of nature. Folding into a Tempest, Rigby’s latest solo piece, promises to explore themes of life, death, and rebirth, but without narrative, it will leave room for as many interpretations and impressions as there are people.
Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Fri., July 27. Starts: July 21. Continues through July 28, 2012