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
Congratulations, San Francisco. We made it through the consumer blitzkrieg of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday. For those of you with a few stragglers left on your holiday gift list, or simply in need of a good shopping fix, this weekend offers two signature city events in a far quieter corner of the holiday consumption market. At the SFMade Holiday Gift Fair, 75 local vendors tout one-of-a-kind crafts — from hand-printed linens to specialty housewares, skin care products, and vintage jewelry. Snag culinary delights for your favorite foodie directly from the artisans who make San Francisco one of the best food cities in the world. Then meander to the 42nd Annual KPFA Crafts Fair, the largest weekend holiday crafts fair in Northern California and a benefit for the beloved listener-supported radio station. This annual, family-friendly event draws collectors, craft enthusiasts, and holiday crowds by the thousands. 200 artists represent at this year’s bazaar — presenting handcrafted gifts, jewelry, apparel, stationary, ceramics, and eco-friendly décor. The event also boasts live musical performances by guitarists David Gans, Teja Gerken, and Lee Dynes, among others. Complimentary shuttles are provided from Civic Center Station. Give a slice of the city this holiday season and support the local entrepreneurs who make San Francisco a unique, creative, and vibrant place to live.
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