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
Mozzeria, newcomers to the Outside Lands lineup, will bring their 25-foot trolley, a restored mobile San Francisco cable car with a wood-fired oven, to Bluxome Street Winery for a Pinot, Pizza and Funk party. Local funk favorite Tortoise and the Pimps will perform while guests enjoy a special menu of Neapolitan pizzas and wine pairings! A ticket includes entry, one personal pizza and two glasses of wine; tickets are $40 per person. Limited tickets will be available at the door for $45.More
For more than 20 years, Raquel (Catalina Saavedra) has worked as the hired help for an upper-class Santiago family, whom she has served with the dedication of a novitiate. But as Raquel celebrates her 41st birthday, her labors have taken their Sisyphean toll. So the Valdezes propose hiring a second maid to relieve Raquel of some responsibilities, which she, in turn, takes as a declaration of war. One by one the reinforcements arrive, only to brush up against the full force of Raquels passive aggression, until perky Lucy (Mariana Loyola) shows up on the scene and proves either immune to Raquels offensives or, perhaps, a little bit crazy herself. The Remains of the Day as reimagined by a budding Luis Buñuel (30-year-old director Sebastián Silva), The Maid is neither a crude lampoon of domestic servitude nor a knee-jerk skewering of the bourgeoisie, deftly shifting its point of view from downstairs to upstairs and back again, always keeping us off-balance as to whereif anywhereits sympathies lie. In a remarkable performance that won her a special award from the world cinema jury at this years Sundance Film Festival (which also gave Silvas film its Grand Jury Prize), Saavedra goes through one of the most uncanny psychophysical transformations Ive ever seen in a movie: She starts out as a troll-like presence, hunched over and turned in on herself, and then, as Lucy enters her life, she straightens and brightens, untangles her hair, and even goes for a jog.
Nov. 13-19, 2009