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
The rent is too damn high. Anyone trying to find a place to live in S.F. right now can attest to this, and local businesses are not immune to the pain of price hikes either. Gallery and art publisher Electric Works had been happily inhabiting the ground floor of SOMA’s historic Buzzell Building since 2007, when it became clear a certain social media company was moving in nearby, it also became clear Electric Works could not remain in its space, thanks to a rent increase. Undaunted, Electric Works jumped on another location around the corner, with room enough for their printing services, exhibitions, wonderfully curated bookstore, and new artist studios. It spent the last few months moving, and now is officially settled in enough to fling open the doors and invite friends and neighbors over for an epic Housewarming. Browse recent editions of its publications with renowned illustrator Chris Ware in the shop, or peek into the gallery to see a group show featuring innovative work by artists like Julie Heffernan, just a taste of the programming yet to come this fall. With food trucks lined up outside, the party spills onto the sidewalk too. Come lift a glass and help Electric Works celebrate that it’s still firmly in the ’hood.
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