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
Mashing up different world cuisines is usually a popular conceit for new quick-service eateries and food trucks to make a quick buck and gain Instagram fame, but Volta has shown how well global cross-pollination works on a refined plate without stretching for novelty or pretense in the process.
Strap on your platforms, shimmy into your bellbottoms, and get down with David Dorfman Dance’s Prophets of Funk at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Celebrating the music of San Francisco’s own interracial psychedelic funk band Sly & the Family Stone, the piece showcases a diversity of ages, sizes, and races, with nine dancers (including Dorfman) who strut, line-dance, hustle, and generally bring their nonstop slinky groove right back to the ’70s. Social injustice is the theme of the songs and the story, all to the sweet sounds of the band that brought us “Dance to the Music,” “I Want to Take You Higher,” and “Don’t Call Me Nigger, Whitey.” Prophets of Funk is about the joy and struggle of everyday people — audience members are invited to dress up and dance along to the raw real righteous soul.
April 25-27, 8 p.m., 2013