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
If you've spent even a day on a bicycle in San Francisco, you know the mix of ease, accommodation, fury, and terror. Some of the city's main thoroughfares that practically have grooves worn into them by skinny road tires are also fraught with the ferocity of traffic lights timed for 35 mph, expensive European SUVs in a hurry, buses with blind drivers, and bike lanes that either don't exist or might as well not be there. (Hello, Fell. Good to see you again, Oak.) But the city's pedaling masses are a tenacious bunch, and there's a movement afoot to establish crosstown routes that would (among other things) create wide lanes between sidewalks and parked cars, providing a buffer from the fast-moving, two-ton harbingers of roadkill. Come get a feel for one of these routes at the Bay to the Beach Bikeway ride. It's part of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's plan called Connecting the City, and it's the first on the agenda to be built. As it should be. A lot of human-powered commuters use parts of this route, and the coalition wants to show that even a long and potentially difficult path can be safe for riders of any age or skill level with the right amount of planning and consideration.
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