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
The demarcation between fiction and life between stories and experience grows fuzzier every day. Consider the groaning shelf of fake memoirs, not to mention lonelygirl15. The gifted young Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Syndromes and a Century) takes singular pleasure in blending fact and fable, notably in the staggering quantity of experimental shorts hes produced in the last 15 years. The two-part series Mysterious Objects: The Short Films of Apichatpong Weerasethakul provides a tasty sampling of the filmmakers range. In the captivating Worldly Desires, Apichatpong (or Joe, as his fans in the West call him) alternates between a lithe girl and her four backup singers miming a winsome pop song in the middle of the woods and a movie crew filming a drama about a pair of lovers fleeing through the same forest. Malee and the Boy pairs the apocryphal tale of a materialistic mother who ends up losing her daughter, related in text scrolling down the screen, with ambiguous footage of Bangkok street life. Joes films lend themselves to the viewers impulse to play detective and decipher seemingly random clues. They also invite you to simply get lost in someone elses dreams.
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