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
Thai chef Kasem "Pop" Saengsawang owns several solid restaurants in San Francisco, including the breakfast-centric Sweet Maple and the Asian fusion spot Kitchen Story, but his newest project Farmhouse Kitchen is the one to miss at your peril.
When the San Francisco Arts Commission wanted someone to dress up City Hall for the building's 100th anniversary last year, and become the structure's first artist-in-residence, it took a leap of faith by choosing Jeremy Fish.
The shaky status of the Clay Theatre has recharged the debate over the role and necessity of single-screen movie houses in the era of Netflix and the multiplex. Our view? Society suffers immeasurably when the only public spaces most people ever share are malls and ballparks. With A Few Dream Palaces of San Francisco, SFMOMA imagines movie theaters as brick-and-mortar repositories of communal dreams. The day-long film crawl is part of Cinema City, the latest chapter of the urban-excavation series inspired by Rebecca Solnits Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas. The Balboa raises the curtain at noon out by the ocean with Cotton Candy, vaunted experimental filmmaker Ernie Gehrs 2001 study of the Musée Mécanique before it swapped its Cliff House abode for Fishermans Wharf. The Four Star picks up the baton at 3 p.m. with "Mean Streets," a program of short films reclaiming our towns depiction in Bullitt and other Hollywood flicks. Then its off to the Roxie at 6 p.m. for Pickups Tricks, Gregory Pickup's 1973 portrait of the legendary drag-glam-theater pioneer Hibiscus (of Cockettes fame), capped with a midnight screening at the Vogue of what else? Vertigo. These days, the ephemeral quality of movies is matched by the impermanence of movie houses.
Sat., Sept. 11, noon, 2010