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
The most clichéd things you can possibly associate with San Francisco are the Golden Gate Bridge and fog over the bay, but looking out at the bridge in a thick fog from Kirby Cove, with the skyline of the city peeking through, is just as magical as it is stupidly clichéd. Although you have to make your way to the Marin Headlands to experience this view, the Kirby Cove campgrounds are well worth the adventure into that home base of the anti-vaccination movement, just for their gorgeous view of the city.
Foodie culture is one of the most overblown trends to infect our popular imagination since the last thing fixie bikes? But this sort of behavior is normal in the city. Throughout the years we overly invest in things like ice cream, dot-coms, condos, Howl, the Dead, and those absurd Razor scooters because, of course, they're bitchin'. But also because we're young and desperately trying to change the world every few years before it all ends badly and we huddle up for the next big thing. What will take out the food carts, the salumerias, the innumerable preparations of bacon? Perhaps the Mission fashion "tribe," judging by how The New York Times fawned over that girl in the gingham onesie and hunting cap at Tartine a few weeks ago. Another thing might hasten the transition: A new production by our local, still-very-relevant sketch troupe Killing My Lobster, which lands a hard shot to the sweetbreads with KML Holds the Mayo, a sketch show satirizing local foodstuffs. But because of the subject's nearly lethal grip on the populace bought any $3 doughnuts lately? KML raided the dry-aging room for the quality stuff: The show is conceived and directed by cofounder Paul Charney and is produced by KML vet Todd Brotze. One piece that promises to satisfy: a preview of the new documentary about the city's coffee-shop wars, directed by Ken Burns.
Sept. 17-Oct. 3, 8 p.m., 2010