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
After Audrey Hepburn saw the finished Breakfast at Tiffanys with Henry Mancinis score and her rendition of Moon River, she wrote him a mash note: You are the hippest of cats and the most sensitive of composers! Apparently so, for Mancini took home Academy Awards that year for best score and best song. The latest in a series of salutes to the movies musical greats, Legendary Composer: Henry Mancini spotlights the man who introduced jazz, pop, and melody into film soundtracks. You know his work even if you dont recognize the name; Mancinis immortal theme for The Pink Panther is reprised in A Shot in the Dark, playing today with Breakfast. Tomorrows double bill showcases Mancinis gift for suspense with the S.F.filmed Experiment in Terror, as well as his light touch in another Hepburn vehicle, Charade. The miniretrospective also includes Orson Welles delirious Touch of Evil paired with the taut Wait Until Dark, starring a spooked Hepburn, and Blake Edwards Days of Wine and Roses (another Mancini Oscar-winner for best song) with Two for the Road. Say, is this a tribute to Mancini or Hepburn? Dont sweat it, Jack its a 60s thing.
Jan. 2-8, 2009