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
Maybe you think you’re a top-notch drink-maker because you took an online class, or because you can tell the difference between Ancient Age and Maker’s Mark in a blind taste test. But do you know much about the what, where, and who of your hooch? We didn’t think so. Learn the science behind your favorite libations at “The Science of Distilling,” co-produced by INFORUM, a division of the Commonwealth Club, and the Bay Area Science Festival. Featuring all kinds of tips for boozehounds to nerd out on, this workshop includes tastings from some of the Bay Area’s best boozeries, hands-on demos (so you can go home and try it yourself), mini-interviews with master distillers, and the chance to have a robot bartender serve you a drink. Another highlight is the interactive beverage creation stations brought to you by St. George Spirits, Anchor Distilling, 1512 Spirits, SFVodka, and others. Tickets include more than a couple drinks, so plan your transportation options ahead of time, and prepare to have your mind (and liver) blown as you learn more about alcohol than you did your entire freshmen year of college.
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