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
Mozzeria, newcomers to the Outside Lands lineup, will bring their 25-foot trolley, a restored mobile San Francisco cable car with a wood-fired oven, to Bluxome Street Winery for a Pinot, Pizza and Funk party. Local funk favorite Tortoise and the Pimps will perform while guests enjoy a special menu of Neapolitan pizzas and wine pairings! A ticket includes entry, one personal pizza and two glasses of wine; tickets are $40 per person. Limited tickets will be available at the door for $45.More
The San Francisco Ghost Society has something that your average geek with an EMF reader doesn't: evidence. It's true! The site has YouTube videos popping with local activity, and that's good enough for us. In one, filmed at an unnamed theater, one of the ghost hunters asks "Is there anyone here?" And a ghost responds, "No." Swear! In another, dated March 2 of last year, the crew set up a night-vision camera in Mary Lake Suite of the Queen Anne Hotel, played some old piano music (ghosts like a little period music now and again), and caught a ghost singing along. Needless to say, we're very impressed by our local ghost society. Founded a few years back by "ghost historian" Tommy Netzband, creator of the Haunted Haight Walking Tour, the SFGS had grown to ten members, all of them armed with solid bona fides relating to the haunting industry. The all-volunteer group serves the community in a very S.F. fashion, conducting free, confidential investigations of reported paranormal activity, and they don't respond to every bump in the night with, "We got another one, boys!" As they say on the site, "Our approach is one of flexible skepticism; we seek to remain unconvinced by the end of the investigation." Good for them. Today, the crew presents the SFGS Spring 2008 Free Lecture Series, which includes four talks: "Developing Psychic Skills" with licensed medium Annalisa Bastiani, "Investigation 101" with Field Training Coordinator Syndi Burton, "Ghost Evidence Bay Area" with Ghost Trackers-founder Gloria Young, and "Ghosts of Alcatraz Island" with Netzband, who relates what went down last November when the society spent the night on the island. He's bringing evidence!
Sat., March 8, noon, 2008