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
Commissioned by the Eurostar train company as part of the promotional campaign for its new high-speed rail service from London to Paris, Shane Meadowss Somers Town may merit a footnote in film history as the apotheosis of product placement. But whereas Hollywood long ago sold its soul to corporate America, moviegoers can rest assured that Meadows has managed to retain his. Trains actually figure curiously little in Meadowss tale of a spirited Nottingham youth (the wonderful Thomas Turgoose, who was the skinhead initiate in Meadowss previous This Is England) who travels to London with all his worldly possessions on his back, and a Polish teen (newcomer Piotr Jagiello), whose recently divorced dad is one of the laborers building the new Eurostar line. The two boys meet by chance and become fast friends, and, without ever trivializing his characters meager circumstances or resorting to the rags-to-riches fantasy of Slumdog Millionaire, Meadows brings an airy, whimsical tone to their adventures through the titular working-class neighborhood adjacent to the St. Pancras train station. The result is a lovely film about the ability of the imagination to offset the harshness of reality, and the hopefulness -- perhaps earned, perhaps illusory -- that has come with the disappearing borders (and, OK, fast trains) of the new Europe.
Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2009