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
The San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics have shared many things over the years. Former Giants outfielder and manager Dusty Baker, for example, ended his on-field career in Oakland. Giants pitching coach Dave Righetti worked as a relief pitcher on the East Side for part of a year before hanging up his cleats. Vida Blue, a starting pitcher who helped Oakland win three World Series in the 1970s, must have thought west was best because he finished his days on the mound at Candlestick Park. But one thing the Giants and A's have never shared is a fan base. And don't start about the people you've seen wearing those (silly) caps split down the middle, half-Giants, half-A's. Those people are all named Sybil, and they don't know the first thing about being a baseball fan (or about headwear). Baseball isn't nice in that regard. New Yorkers, for example, don't root for the Yankees and the Mets. Chicagoans don't pull for the Cubs and the White Sox. Ever. In fact, fans often despise the crosstown squad worse than they hate the rival teams they play far more often. So scream yourself orange in the face tonight at the San Francisco Giants vs. Oakland Athletics. It's the first game of the annual Bay Bridge Series, which marks the end of spring training. The regular season starts in a few days, so each team has made nearly all its cuts. That means the lineup you see tonight is what you'll see for much of 2011. This is also a good opportunity for all you fans who didn't know San Francisco even had a baseball team until, oh, about three weeks before it won the World Series last year. When the 2011 postseason arrives, you'll know these Giants well.
Mon., March 28, 7:15 p.m., 2011