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
We will dispense with the double entendres: Carol Doda, who we lost in November, was a San Francisco hero who will be rightly celebrated and remembered as long as the town she helped create still stands, the torch held aloft along Broadway and kept alight in neon.
Hypocrites stalk the land with impunity, stuffing their faces and pockets while lecturing us proles on the need for self-sacrifice. Lord, we miss the Spanish surrealist and social critic Luis Buñuel, a brave and brilliant filmmaker who spent his career pricking the pomposities of the rich and pseudo-devout. Well, he’s b-a-a-a-c-k: His unblinkingly perverse and blackly funny Tristana (1970), essentially unseen for decades and now restored and returned to theaters, depicts the “protection” and exploitation of a powerless innocent (Catherine Deneuve, dubbed in Spanish) by an older neoliberal aristocrat (Fernando Rey). Buñuel probed this power dynamic in several films -- it works on a number of levels as a metaphor for society at large -- yet his cynicism, unexpectedly, usually extended to the victim. In this case, Tristana achieves her revenge in due course and proves herself to be as cruel in her demented way as her mentor. Buñuel, who died in 1983, was of his time yet always ahead of his time; his subversive radicalism tinged with grim humor will inoculate you against a few weeks of bullshit spewed from on high.
Fri., Jan. 4, 2013