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
We San Franciscans don’t fear knowledge. Unlike the unruly proles in some places (maybe, say, Modesto), we don’t revel in the simple(-minded) life of big trucks, 12-packs, and Walmart while hurling hatred and distrust at anything intellectual. Just the same, we do occasionally hurl hatred and distrust at people who seem to know more than we do about everyday things. (They make us feel like Modestans.) But we San Franciscans are a practical bunch, and we have things such as Discovery Street Tours — a great equalizer in the type of data that make us feel better about ourselves. Take tonight’s example, the Science of (Holiday) Light. This 90-minute walking tour along hilly side-streets and stairways provides a view to some of the city’s more noteworthy displays. The guides of the 1.5-mile tour teach you how light works, explain some history behind holiday lights, and provide seasonal treats to keep your energy level up. In addition to this winter special, Discovery Street Tours’ subjects include the Science of Tea, the Science of Your Step (“the physics and physiology of your pedestrian self”), Invented in San Francisco, and Fermented Favorites: the Science of Cheese and Wine.
Wed., Dec. 21, 6:30 p.m.; Dec. 23-25, 6:30 p.m.; Wed., Dec. 28, 6:30 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 30, 6:30 p.m., 2011