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
In case you've been TaskRabbiting your way through life and haven't had the chance to leave the micro-loft to stroll the alleys and streets of central San Francisco, the number of homeless tent encampments in town is approaching epic levels — as in Hooverville and Great Depression levels.
San Francisco is dripping in delectability with the 17th Annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival and the Family Winemakers of California Tasting Event. Gorge yourself on the tastes and trends of true culinary innovators. The Chocolate Festival is a two-day long celebration, hosted by the longest operating chocolate company in the nation, and presents advancements in chocolate-making from over 40 vendors leading the pack, including local restaurants, bakeries, and chocolate companies. This year’s festival is Ghirardelli’s largest endeavor to date. An estimated 40,000 attendees partake in the festival’s treats, live entertainment, chef demonstrations, contests, and more. A bake-off contest awards locals who produce treats using Ghirardelli products -- prizes include marks for best cookie, cake, and creative entry. This family-friendly festival also hosts a chocolatier scavenger hunt for QR scanner code clues posted throughout the venue. The Family Winemakers of California Tasting Event is the most comprehensive gathering of California wines in the world and makes for the perfect after-chocolate wash. Now in its 22nd year, the event showcases over 300 participating vintners and offers new tastes from 30 first-time wineries. Small, family operations present unique and obscure selections of more than 750 wines and over 50 varietals. (An interactive map of showcased varietals is available for web-savvy lushes online.) Attendees receive a commemorative glass, cheese, and can partake in selections from an onsite crêperie. Celebrity sommelier Courtney Cochran hosts a VIP tasting lounge of eight lesser known varietals, but space is limited. S.F. is a vice city, after all -- drown your senses in the flavors that are redefining the culinary industry.
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