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
So you went out last Saturday night and wore those new dark-wash, skinny leg jeans that you just bought despite the fact that it's the end of the month and you should be saving that money for your rent check.
San Francisco’s art market has always been on the fringe, second to more prominent art cities. Since their first art fair in 2011, artMRKT founders Jeffrey Wainhause and Max Fishko have been working with dealers, galleries, and artists to give San Francisco larger significance on the global art map. With their second artMRKT weekend having had an impressive attendance increase last year, their third event invites even more galleries from around the country and world — Tel Aviv’s Zemack Contemporary Art, Germany’s Walter Bischoff Galerie, and Chattanooga, Tennessee’s Tanner | Hill Gallery, among others. The event does, however, mostly have San Francisco’s contemporary art scene in mind. The opening reception benefits the deYoung and Legion of Honor, and they’ve developed an online program called MRKTworks in which pieces from local galleries are put up for bids and all of the proceeds are given to corresponding Bay Area art world beneficiaries like Zero1 and SF Cameraworks. Business affairs aside, the multiple day event is worth checking out for installations like Future Cities Lab’s Datagrove, which translates local trending Twitter feeds into shifting patterns and intensities of light and sound that respond to the physical presence of people, or Laurina Paperina’s Welcome, in which people can enter into the mouth of a Godzilla-sized giant pink bear and share the sensory experience of … whatever that world may be. One day, multiday, or preview passes are available with access to parties, an open bar, musical entertainment, and the opportunity to mingle with important players and patron of the international art world.
Thu., May 16, 6-8 p.m.; Fri., May 17, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., May 18, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., May 19, 12-6 p.m., 2013