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
Did you know that when the Golden Gate Bridge gets hot, it sits low in the saddle? Course you didnt: You dont have a Bridge Thermometer, which looks like one of those scenic coin-op binoculars crossed with a first-person shooter. Peer into it (no coin needed!) and it shows the temperature of the bridge and, as a result, how low-slung or high-riding it is; if its 100 degrees out, youll find the bridge has dropped a full 12 feet. Only one BT exists, and the Outdoor Exploratorium has it. The Exploratorium folks made it themselves, of course, along with 19 other exhibits that take advantage of the immediate environment: the crazy winds, the roll of the waves, the organisms stuck to the pier pilings, the salinity of the water (which you can sample). All of them sit around Fort Mason. We particularly like the Wave Oscilloscope, which attaches a stylus to a loose piling, imprinting the sway of the waves into a container of sand, as well as the giant Wind Arrows, which confirm your assumptions that our bay winds are all schizophrenics bent on multidirectional anarchy in the low sky. Grab a map either at the Exploratorium or at Fort Mason Center, Building A, (Marina and Buchanan), S.F.More
The San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival doesn’t mess around when it comes to opening-night parties. After the world premiere of White Frog, travel by Zipcar to the Asian Art Museum for food and music amid the exhibit on India’s Maharajas, while trying to catch sight of some of the actors from the movie. Even without the food and drink, the music and the movie stars, there’s something thrillingly decadent about being in a museum at night. As for the film itself (7:30 p.m. at the Castro Theatre), it has some serious star power. Among the actors are S.F. resident Joan Chen (Twin Peaks, The Last Emperor) and B.D. Wong (Law and Order); they play the parents of a child with Asperger syndrome (and Chen is being honored at this year’s festival). There’s also Booboo Stewart, known for showing off his abs as Seth Clearwater in the massively successful Twilight movies. In the role of his older brother is Harry Shum Jr. of Glee. Director Quentin Lee has been at the festival before with The People I’ve Slept With and Flow. Other standout films include the Jake Shimabukuro Documentary (March 14 at the Castro) about the ukulele master who played with artists including Yo-Yo Ma and Cyndi Lauper. The screening includes a performance by Shimabukuro, so this is a must for ukulele fans.
March 8-18, 2012
The San Francisco Trans March celebrated its 12th year, along with the Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage, which was voted in favor of gay marriages across the nation, on Friday, June 26, 2015. Photographs by Michael Ares.