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
Rodes Fishburne is a Grotto writer, so it was only a matter of time before someone bought his first novel. That happens to people who belong to the Grotto they publish, early and often. Fishburne greatly increased his chances by writing a comic novel about San Francisco with a Jazz Age swagger, full of the dangle of cable cars and snap of fedoras, the stink of corrupt politicians and the smell of cigars, and also tweed. Only Going to See the Elephant is not set in the 1940s, but rather today, giving readers the disorienting effect that the thick-steak, Madame Wong, fogbound city of your dreams really of everybodys dreams, of Herb Caens and Original Joes and the Chronicles dreams is happening right now. For the most part, its irresistible. The main character, dreaming of fiction and dead white writers, instead finds himself working as a famous reporter, laying bare the secrets of the city by simply listening to it, which allows Fishburne to paint the city and its people. Its a pulpish, brisk read thats mostly interested in you having a good time it could be the If you liked Water for Elephants novel of 2009, if our local booksellers get behind it.
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