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
If you're like us, and you appreciate the slap-happy singles style of Tony Gwynn to the deep-ball threat of Barry Bonds, then the shuffleboard table at Fly Bar on Larkin and Sutter is definitely your speed.
The Watson Twins are probably best known for backing Rilo Kiley singer Jenny Lewis on her solo debut that came out this past year, but the sisters, originally from Louisville, have been making moves in Los Angeles' insular Silverlake indie rock scene for some time now. Those Southern roots are on full display throughout their new, self-released EP, but the best moments in the Twins' songbook come when they deviate from the confines of the straight-up country and folk that inform the milieu of this record. Opener "Friend and Foe" is a beautiful cowgirl shuffle, slow, mournful, and precise, showcasing the pristine voices of sisters Chandra and Leigh. "High School" is another stunner, a shoegazer-influenced dirge of reverb and vocal harmony. Several of the tracks, most notably "Southern Manners," assume the pose of by-the-numbers country ballads that sound as if they were recorded with Nashville session players. While incredibly confident and illustrative of the talent and depth that clearly makes up the Twins' background, it's apparent that they are capable of much more. Whether innovating or revisiting ghosts of Americana, Southern Manners feels like an auspicious new beginning for the Watson Twins, and hopefully a springboard for further musical variation.