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
Join us on Thursday, July 28th 2016 as we welcome Executive Chef Sharon Nahm of E&O Kitchen and Bar to our Guest Chef Series for a night of Asian inspired Spanish plates.
Five-Course Prix Fixe Menu - $49
-Gazpacho of Korean Melon, Cucumber, Spanish Olive Oil with Sizzling Rice
-Croquetas of Sweet Corn and Potato with Black Garlic Aioli
- Almejas (Clams) with Chinese Sausage, Chorizo, Garlic, Thai
- Basil, Rau Ram and Cilantro with Grilled Bread
- Curry Marinated Lamb Pinchos (skewers) with Tomato Chutney Romesco
- Lemongrass and Vanilla Bean
Arroz con Leche with Poached PeachesMore
@ The Overlook Lounge, 344 20th St, Oakland, CA 94612
Summer is in full swing and we are excited to announce the Grand Opening of our new BAR & GRILL on the terrace. We have an exciting lineup of local food artisans from Port Kitchens, Kitchener Oakland and other local talent that are cooking up some tasty treats for you to enjoy. We will be serving a wide selection of beer & wine from local producers, don’t miss out!
Check out of the link provided for a list of all the food vendors,DJs, and directions to The Overlook Lounge.More
When the San Francisco Arts Commission wanted someone to dress up City Hall for the building's 100th anniversary last year, and become the structure's first artist-in-residence, it took a leap of faith by choosing Jeremy Fish.
Fans of belly-dance troupe Ultra Gypsy might not get educated about Romany culture, but the troupe's dramatic range will keep purists from nit-picking about the "gypsy" in its name. Ultra Gypsy's shimmy shakers consider themselves nomads of the moment -- creative wanderers who straddle the line between "modern and primitive, urban and tribal, Medusa and machine." Voluptuous undulations are their forte, but this ain't regular belly dance. True to their wanderlusty spirit, theatre, cabaret, live music, and other art forms have made the company's performances mandatory viewing among a diverse swath of people, including circus-a-holics and Burning Man pyromaniacs. At the monthly "gypsy punk dance night," Baxtalo Drom (which translates to "lucky road"), choreographer and director Jill Parker and dancers present a multicultural extravaganza that also includes DJs spinning Bhangra, Latin, and Balkan music. Special guests, dive-bar decadence, an opportunity to shake your own shimmy, and lotsa libations make the exotic vibe that much cooler.