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
Remember the educational films you were shown in school? They celebrated great causes and great men (with the occasional great woman). No reason to waste time, money, and celluloid on ordinary people. Hell, wheres the inspiration in that, even if its regular folks who deserve most of the credit for every social movement you can name? But with todays cheap camcorders and laptop editing software, the tools of production are available to everyone and anyone is a potential subject for a film. The San Francisco Documentary Festival, better known as DocFest, has embraced the new reality for more than a decade, culling the sexiest, druggiest, and rockingest portraits of oddball subcultures from the deluge of nonfiction produced around the globe. Between reality TV and YouTube, you may think youve seen it all. But DocFest is here to show and tell you different. Todays prime-time buzz is about Dirty Pictures, a head-on profile of octogenarian Dr. Sasha Shulgin, the Berkeley-born chemist known for spreading the gospel of ecstasy and the benefits of psychedelics. Heres a (moving) portrait of a great man, indeed.
Oct. 14-27, 2011