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
With neighborhood institutions like the 21 Club closing to make way for yuppie cocktail bars, Brown Jug remains an oasis — and one that takes full advantage of the state's operating hours window, 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.
The eternal challenge of Christmas shopping is two-fold. First is the challenge of the malls: Can we avoid them? Second is the challenge of our imagination: Can we find a way to use it? The Deco the Halls 20th Century Design Show answers “Yes” to those concerns. Regarding the first challenge, the event takes place at the Concourse Exhibition Center, which is nothing like a mall. It is much more like a giant Canadian Northwoods lodge repurposed for gatherings of like-minded people to engage in low-intensity shopping. At the center, one readily imagines giant hearths ablaze at each end of the warm, wood-framed facility. Regarding our second challenge, the show guarantees that your imagination runs wild, with more than 200 exhibitors covering most every major design movement from 1900-1999. There's Art Nouveau, Mid-Century Modern, Arts & Crafts, and of course Art Deco. You're not bound by corporate America’s very narrow idea of what makes “the perfect gift” -- neckties and barbecue tools for men, slippers and lavishly illustrated cookbooks for women, and stuffed bunnies and toy weapons for the children. Instead, this event encourages individual expression through a century’s worth of items and objects -- books, prints, clothing, jewelry, fine art, furniture, pottery, glass, and accessories. And buying vintage anything is as “green” as you can get -- recycled excellence without the expense or energy consumption of recycling.
Nov. 3-Dec. 4, 2011