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
Before Oksana Marafioti was 15, she had touched the Siberian tundra and the Mongolian desert, enjoyed the privileges of performing royalty in Russia, and suffered the indignity of being labeled a “gyp” at school. Then her family moved to America, the land of George Michael, processed cheese, and Harlequin romance. In her frank, funny, unsentimental autobiography, Marafioti explores the real world of a young American Gyspy, from dumpster diving in Beverly Hills to procuring earth from a cemetery for one of her family’s curses. While the tale doesn’t reach beyond high school years, there’s plenty of time for Marafioti to learn about sex by sneaking into Hollywood movies, become reluctant translator for the her father’s palm reading business, and find a hot Brazilian boyfriend to put her at odds with family tradition. In the end, we know Marafioti rises above the chauvinistic anachronisms that still dog her people -- trained as a classical pianist, she worked as a cinematographer, and was recently awarded the BMI-Kluge Fellowship in partnership with the Library of Congress -- but that doesn’t stop her from finding the enchantment and amusement which are, for her talented family, inherent.
Thu., Aug. 9, 7:30 p.m., 2012