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
One of our great public art forms is fashion, and San Francisco is eye candy no matter where you turn your face. Tonights featured man of fashion, Billy Bowers, has designed clothes for the Cockettes, Alice Cooper, the Rolling Stones, and Salvador Dali. His new work at Walt Disney Was Homosexual is a culmination of 40 years playing with the visual tableau of clothing in color, line, and material. His clothes were featured in a runway show at the opening reception, then transferred to mannequins for you to revere through the exhibition. If you ever wanted to get up close to the trashy angelic frills of the hot trannies at the Love Parade to really figure out what the hell was going on with their outfits, this is the sensual experience youve been waiting for. Companion to the fashion show is a photo exhibition by Roger Anderson, Cockette Close-Up, featuring the Cockettes and the Angels of Light. Shooting with the eye of a peer rather than a voyeur, he captures backstage drama and self-possessed preening from some of San Franciscos most cherished freaks.
Dec. 31-Jan. 29, 2010