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 Tenderloin was set to lose another irreplaceable when the Ha-Ra Club — a low-ceilinged dive of the slummiest reputation, long fallen into neglect, but nevertheless beloved for strong pours, idiosyncratic bartenders, and a long history — was taken over by the crew who run Ace's and Dobbs Ferry.
The new breed of catamaran pushed by Larry Ellison for the America’s Cup can turn on a dime and tach out at more than 30 knots. Teams in the race reportedly have to pay $1.8 million for the design and materials for this boat, the so-called AC72. Meanwhile, the fastest clipper ships of the 18th century could achieve only about half that speed, and they cost a whole lot less to build. While you might never get anywhere near Ellison’s boat, this weekend you can ride one of two big sailing ships visiting San Francisco. The clippers Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain are open for tours and sailing trips on the bay. Both are replicas of historical vessels that travel to ports on the West Coast. The original Lady Washington was a cargo ship built by the British in 1750. During the revolution, she became an American privateer. After the war -- and a major refit -- she became the first American ship to travel around Cape Horn and land on the West Coast, and she later was the first U.S. vessel to visit Hawaii, Hong Kong, and Japan. The new Lady Washington, built in 1989, is 112 feet long, weighs 210 tons, and has a mast height of 89 feet. She also has been in pictures -- she was the HMS Interceptor from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and the brig ship Enterprise from the opening sequences of Star Trek: Generations.
March 9-19, 2012