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
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.
It’s hard to think of any living person more representative of the spirit of San Francisco than Lawrence Ferlinghetti. This is the man who co-founded City Lights as a bookstore as well as a publishing house, who stood trial on obscenity charges after Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” was confiscated by the police, and who has published books by poets and writers from around the world. Those include works by Diane diPrima, William S. Burroughs, Gary Snyder, and Howard Zinn. Ferlinghetti served as San Francisco’s poet laureate from 1998 to 2000 and has his seen his influential 1958 collection A Coney Island of the Mind sell a mind-boggling 1 million copies in a dozen languages. At 92 he’s still writing and publishing, and tonight you can hear him debut his new poem, “At Sea,” in person. Whether he’s reading to a crowd packed in among the bookshelves at City Lights or a full house at the Palace of Fine Arts, Ferlinghetti knows how to command a room, and on this occasion he is joined by poet and co-conspirator Jack Hirschman, who also has fresh work to share. Hirschman is well known in literary circles for his role in bringing an impressive roster of international poets to the city for festivals large and small. The two men have been good friends for years, and have stories to share after they finish reading their poetry. Juicy historical tidbits are guaranteed.
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