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
“Broadsides” were feather-thin sheets of paper printed on one side and plastered to walls. For 350 years they were the Western world’s premium form of public communication. Broadside ballads -- usually set with a woodcut, folded in four parts, and sold as chapbooks -- were gobbled up for a penny a page but, by the mid-19th century, printing had become cheap enough to produce newspapers. Today, there are only a few areas, like Brooklyn’s Boro Park, where you might find folks clustered together reading the writing on the wall. What was lost, beyond the artistry and verbomaniacal satisfaction, was the casual opportunity afforded street-corner debate and mutual admiration. “Broadside Attractions/Vanquished Terrains” brings it back, in practice as well as consequence. The intricate project, arranged by Comet Magazine founder Maw Shein Win, Clarion Alley Mural Project organizer Megan Wilson, and Intersection for the Arts’ program director Kevin Chen, pairs 12 visual artists and 12 writers. The artists offered their partners one piece of music, one movie, and one location to inspire 1,000 words of poetry or prose; receiving the text, they then created black-and-white graphic companion pieces to be printed alongside on a standard 15-by-22-inch sheet. Finally, each duo joined forces to reach a “non-traditional interpretation” of the resulting broadside. Join your fellows in a lively discourse over the outcome.
Tuesdays-Saturdays. Starts: April 11. Continues through May 26, 2012