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
The Tenderloin was set to lose another irreplaceable when the Ha-Ra Club — a low-ceilinged dive of the slummiest reputation, long fallen into neglect, but nevertheless beloved for strong pours, idiosyncratic bartenders, and a long history — was taken over by the crew who run Ace's and Dobbs Ferry.
To borrow (and twist) a line from Chinese philosophy: A bender of epic proportions begins with a single sip. That bender is SF Beer Week, a festival in its fourth year that transforms the Bay Area into a beer-soaked playground with hundreds of events spanning 10 days. Kick off the drinking and tasting tonight at the Opening Celebration (6 p.m. at the Concourse Exhibition Center). The occasion features unlimited samples of new, rare, and classic brews from more than 60 Northern California breweries. Organizers showcase established brewers such as Lagunitas and Speakeasy, while also highlighting newer outfits such as Elevation 66 and Strike Brewing. The party is rounded out by live music and food from local purveyors. For those of you who already know your beer preferences, Beer Week has targeted events for multiple palates. Sour Sunday exhibits dozens of puckering, tart beers made with wild yeasts and bacteria (Feb. 12 at Triple Rock and Jupiter in Berkeley). For those who don’t require personal space, the Toronado Barleywine Festival (Feb. 18 at Toronado — it’s standing room only) brings scores of dark, rich, high-alcohol concoctions to the Lower Haight. Gazing at your commemorative tasting glass will make your liver quiver in fear for years to come.
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