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
San Francisco is a shoppers paradise. Grizzled merchants stand on every street corner, hawking limited-edition frocks, canteens of amyl nitrate, and freshly caught trout. Local artisans crouch beside burning screenplays in their garrets as we speak, whittling dolphin sculptures and fashioning homemade furniture from leftover absinthe spoons, waiting for their moment in the capitalist sun. No wonder the kids cheer Hip hip hooray! when the Renegade Craft Fair comes to town, pitching a tent under which they may peddle their screen-printed concert posters and hammered aluminum jewelry. Held annually in Brooklyn, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, the fair first came to these parts in 2007, bringing with it a dazzling bazaar of weird and wonderful handmade baubles. Ogle Ciuccios colorful array of baby quilts, fondle the porkchop-shaped plush toys by Sweet Meats, haggle for handsome prints of tigers and polar bears dressed up in business suits (Berkley Illustrations), and pet one of the voluminous faux-fur hats made by Chia and worn by Patricia Arquette. The weekend-long event also features workshops, one of which will teach people how to transform old toys into jewelry.
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