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
Either Viet Le and Yong Soon Min have a rich tapestry of obscenely talented friends, or they really curated the shit out of "transPOP: Korea Vietnam Remix." As we ticked through the list of oft-exhibited and exhaustively educated artists in the show, we didnt see a stinker in the bunch. Sixteen artists who hang their hats in Vietnam, Korea, or the United States contributed to the show, which ruminates on the ever-expanding exchange of popular culture between Korea and Vietnam, as fueled by the American war in Vietnam, the Cold War, and the expanding economies in both countries. Theres a strong playful element in much of the work, certainly as exemplified by the sweet, odd, Esprit-level color spaz of photographer Tiffany Chung in her Double Bubble Bazooka series. Elements of fantasy, pop music, television, and political movements intermingle and collide. transPOPs Dec. 5 opening-night party features music by Vietnamese-American rockers Thomas Apartment. It starts at 8 p.m.
Dec. 5-March 15, 2008