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
In case you've been TaskRabbiting your way through life and haven't had the chance to leave the micro-loft to stroll the alleys and streets of central San Francisco, the number of homeless tent encampments in town is approaching epic levels — as in Hooverville and Great Depression levels.
The question of whether James Frey received redemption could not be answered by press time, for Frey's new publisher, HarperCollins, did not send us his first novel, Bright Shiny Morning. HarperCollins did send a few people the book (but not us), while demanding that no reviews appear before the official publication date, which was Tuesday. Certainly he took his own advice to F.T.B.S.I.T.T.T.D, or Fuck the Bullshit It's Time to Throw Down, since he has that tattooed on his arm. (Note to young writers: Don't get this tattoo.) Actually, we did see one review: Frey defender Sara Nelson of Publishers Weekly was granted the honor of releasing hers on April 14, and she called the book a "train wreck" and "unputdownable" in the same sentence, which is exactly what we think every time we open the latest James Patterson. It's quite possible that Bright Shiny Morning, a thick book about everybody in L.A., might not move Frey too far toward his goal (now long-term) of being the best writer of his generation. But something tells us he's going to be throwing down after fucking the bullshit for a long time to come. Take tonight, when he appears not under the guise of a put-upon writer but as, well, J.T. LeRoy circa 2003, booking a huge rock club and arming himself with local writer Stephen Elliott, writer and former drag queen Josh Kilmer-Purcell, photographs by Terry Richardson, and local metal band 3rdrail. Don't make him feel like he F.T.B.S.I.T.T.T.D'ed for nothing.
Fri., May 16, 7 p.m., 2008