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
Because not everyone can shell out a week's worth of rent on the edible art of a hand-tweezed tasting menu, veteran restaurateur Kash Feng (owner of Michelin-starred Omakase) and consulting chef Shin Aoki (formally of Michelin-starred Kaigetsu) bring you Okane — legit Japanese fare for epicures of the 99 percent.
The annual Chinese New Year Treasure Hunt is equally about finding the perfect team name and outfit as it is about finding hidden treasure. Last year the Year of the Tiger brought out teams including Irritable Growl Syndrome, Black Eyed Paws: I Gotta Feline, But I Tigress, and the then-topical Tiger Was Lion About Being a Cheetah Off the Lynx. Past years have inspired names such as Subprime Interest Rats (Year of the Rat); I Never Sausage a Team (Year of the Boar); Rex Marks the Spot (Year of the Dog); Marmoset Said Thered Be Days Like These (Year of the Monkey); and Those Opposed Who Say Neigh (Year of the Horse). Awards are also given to the best attired teams last years winners dressed as the characters from Scooby Doo (named Scooby Hu Gang), while the best Tiger-Themed costume went to Cape Fur (dressed in matching tiger shawls). If youre an urban sleuth and into the actual competition, heres how it works: Each team is given clues/puzzles that lead to various locations, which may or may not lead to other clues and locations, until a team finds its ultimate destination. For example, one year a clue centered on the pseudonym under which Lawrence of Arabia enlisted in the Royal Air Force in 1922. (It was Ross, which led to Ross Alley, a tiny alley in Chinatown.) One team checked a biography of Mr. Arabia available at a bookstore. And another, realizing that S.F. libraries were closed, called a public library in Honolulu (where it was three hours earlier), and the librarian provided the information.
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