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
New York already has one so it’s high time San Francisco started one too, an opportunity for participants to trot out their finest and show the world what we got. We are speaking not about a fashion week but about a gallery week, and S.F. finally inaugurates its very own this fall. Art Gallery Week actually lasts slightly longer, 10 days to be exact, and features a whopping 36 spaces on both sides of the bay, two dozen of which are situated in our fair city. The focus on the first day was the galleries of Pacific Heights, Jackson Square, and North Beach, with further neighborhoods and special events (including a closing night party in Yerba Buena Gardens) to follow. Drop into Paul Thiebaud Gallery to see Eileen David’s brightly colored oil paintings depicting familiar local sights like Lefty O’Doul Bridge and the view from Potrero Hill, or walk gently around the Tony Feher sculptures that hang from the ceiling at Anthony Meier Fine Arts. Over on chic Jackson Street, Montgomery Gallery offers a taste of the California Decorative Style, with its impressionistic and mythical subject matter, in its exhibition of paintings by Arthur and Lucia Matthews. Whether the featured spaces are new to you or your regular stomping grounds, it’s a great excuse to hit up some of our best local art purveyors.
Oct. 3-13, 2012