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
During the height of the crack epidemic, people had all kinds of spooky hypotheses about sneakers dangling over phone lines: They marked drug corners, gang turf, or recent murder scenes. Really, kids have been slinging shoes since the intersection of laces, utilities, and tomfoolery. Some tossed their chewed-up sneakers as soon as they got a new pair of kicks; others stole your shoes and instigated games of forever keep-away. Then came Skewville, the street-art duo from Queens. As kids, the twins had thrown up plenty of shoes in and around their neighborhood. As adults they expanded their worldview, sending wooden sneaker cutouts flying across lines from Berlin to Mexico. Over the years, the twins have gained fans and foes (they’re known for their “forced collaborations” with the likes of Swoon and Shepard Fairey) while their neo-Cubist industrial style has become unshakable and unmistakable. Articulate about economics, consumerism, and the dehumanization of the urban rat race — they slogged through the adult worlds of advertising and corporate marketing prior to chucking it in for Chucks — they still come most alive on an urban playground without adult supervision. While their bodega-inspired mini-golf holes are missing, a merry-go-round built from the Apollo bikes of memory sits at the center of their latest show, “Amusement,” surrounded by highly animate pedestrian signals and dozens of works constructed out of old bingo boards, Coke signs, mirrors, parking meters, and pieces of abandoned luggage.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: April 13. Continues through May 4, 2013