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
At this point in time, Hard French might as well be a local institution. Now into its third season, the Motown-heavy queer day party presents itself as a viable alternative to the usual Saturday hangover damage control. Head down to the El Rio and you'll be able to catch six hours of "hard dancing and hard cruising" curated by the twin force of DJs Carnita and Amy Brown. Within that time frame there'll be a free BBQ, an hour dedicated to $1 beers, "jiggalicious dance babes," and even a photo booth. And, because it's a day party, you can start off here and still have plenty of time to enjoy the evening. This video does a pretty good job of summing up the overall experience.More
The San Francisco Antiquarian Book Print & Paper Fair has been a fixture on the Bay Scene since 1994. In a new location for 2016, booksellers and paper specialists from around the world will exhibit February 5-6 at the San Mateo County Events Center in San Mateo. Antique & Collectible Modern Books, Prints, Manuscripts, Illustrations, Art, History & Contemporary Photographs, Artists Books, Private Presses, Music, Childrens Books, Science Fiction, Postcards, California History, Poetry, Posters, Autographs, Maps, Ephemera. The enchanting world of books and paper await the enthusiast. Hours Friday 11 am to 7 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm. Admission $12, good both days. Accessible by public transportation, visit our web-site for directions and discount admission coupon. 650.773.4824, www.sfbookandpaperfair.comMore
Valentine’s Day can call for a special gift. Having a delicious bottle of wine engraved with a message of love can be just the thing to keep the holiday warm and loving. Join Rosenblum Cellars on February 6th for FREE bottle engraving by Say it with Wine. Arrive early and avoid the wait. Nothing says I love you like a bottle of Rosenblum wine engraved to read “I Love you!”More