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
We will dispense with the double entendres: Carol Doda, who we lost in November, was a San Francisco hero who will be rightly celebrated and remembered as long as the town she helped create still stands, the torch held aloft along Broadway and kept alight in neon.
“If you build it, they will come” may have worked for Kevin Costner, but most of us need more than a creepy voiceover in order to achieve our dreams. Thankfully, San Francisco has a bevy of terrific nonprofits whose goal is to help make those very dreams come true. One such organization is Juma Ventures, whose annual event, Field of Dreams, aims to put an end to poverty by getting underprivileged kids to and through college. Now in its eighth year, Field of Dreams offers a behind-the-scenes look (and touch) of our beloved S.F. Giants’ stadium. Event-goers have a chance to tour the dugouts and locker rooms, practice their curve ball, run the bases, and get feedback on their swing by professional coaches. For those who prefer their fundraisers to be more akin to bench-warming, there’s also plenty of sit-down activities, like food and drinks, balloons, face-painting, and photo ops with mascot Lou Seal. Since 1993, Juma Ventures has helped over 3,000 low-income kids earn their diplomas and achieve their higher education dreams. If that’s not rooting for the home team, we don’t know what is.
Sat., Sept. 29, 11 a.m., 2012