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.
If Black Friday is simultaneously the kickoff and the lowlight of the holiday season — and who would argue otherwise? — World AIDS Day is one of the highlights. Say what? Hear us out: One of the aims of the worldwide day of commemoration is to celebrate those living with HIV. And these days, thankfully, “living” means living a whole lot longer. (Ask Magic Johnson, who notched his 20th anniversary with the virus a few weeks ago.) The potential for inspiration is enormous, and sagas of strength are especially welcome heading into the high-stress holidays. Local producer-directors Marc Smolowitz and Jorg Fockele deliver 15 spirited, soulful presents in their recently completed omnibus film, Still Around. Bay Area filmmakers are disproportionately represented, as you might expect, with Rick Osmon (the autobiographical “Instant Dad”), Debra A. Wilson (the activist profile “Ward 86”) and Stuart Gaffney (the straight-family saga of “Elaine”) leading the way. Jean Carlomusto’s Sex In an Epidemic delivers a hearty helping of history and education as the bottom (or is it the top?) of the double bill.
Thu., Dec. 1, 7 p.m., 2011