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
Making the less-traditional transition from brick-and-mortar to mobile pop-up, A16 is finally offering its hearty Monday meatballs and signature wood-fired Neapolitan pizzas without the inconvenience of needing to book a table.
If you walk your dog off-leash at Crissy Field, you're endangering Western snowy plovers. Sorry, that's just a fact. (See those birds your dog is having so much fun chasing? Those are plovers.) Learn more about plovers and other wild friends at the GGNRA Endangered Species Big Year awards. Then everyone joins in burning Julie MacDonald in effigy. Just kidding! (MacDonald was a Bush appointee and enemy of endangered species. She was forced to resign from the Fish and Wildlife Service for unscientific, pro-development behavior.) No, the actual effigy is of George W. Bush, the man using his lame-duck time to "weaken and limit the use of the wildlife protection law," according to the Humane Society. Kidding again! For serious this time: After the awards are given (all attendees get one), enjoy snacks, juice, and a walk out to look at the plovers. All the activities just go to show that the folks at GGNRA are sweet-hearted, upbeat, and dedicated, not furious effigy-burners like us.
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