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
With the May arrival of Three Twins Ice Cream, the last piece of the puzzle fell into place the Ice Cream Sunday Ride is a go. Its a tour not to be taken lightly. Children, gathering around the organizers feet, are being told they are not invited. Let us repeat: Kids are not allowed on a bicycle ride to ice-cream stores! Pee-wee could murder someone. But Pee-wee never met Humphry Slocombe, whose flavors like foie gras and government cheese can produce tears. Actually, the real reason kids have to stay home is not because the food is demanding, but rather the route: After dabbling around the Mission for a bit (Slocombe, Mitchell's, Bombay), riders swing up to the Lower Haight and the Twins before heading deep into SOMA, hooking into North Beach, and finishing at Gelato Classico Italian.
Sun., July 12, noon, 2009