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
Change comes whether we like it or not. We get laid off from a job, a close friend moves away, our landlord decides to sell the apartment we rent. Yet change can also propel us forward, especially when the choice to move on is our own. After almost two years of acting as co-host of the city’s pre-eminent literary potluck, Feast of Words, Irina Zadov is setting out on another adventure. She and her husband will travel across the country and then continue to Belarus, cooking and gathering stories as they go. Fitting, then, that the theme of this second-to-last Feast of Words before the dinner party’s summer hiatus is “Leap of Faith.” Each month, Feast of Words invites a literary and a culinary guest to inspire attendees. (Previous inspirers include Maxine Hong Kingston and Amara Tabor-Smith.) This month Zadov and fellow host Lex Leifheit import author/actress/comedian Beth Lisick, co-founder of the Porchlight storytelling series, as well as musician/composer/chef John Ingle. For the literary portion of the evening, Lisick shares bits from her upcoming novel, which involves a bartender’s search for meaning in the suburbs of her youth; attendees also vie for prizes by participating in a “Leap of Faith” writing exercise. As for the food, everyone is encouraged to bring a dish to share; this is supplemented by Ingle’s inimitable skill in the kitchen.
Tue., April 17, 7 p.m., 2012