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
Heres an unlikely combination. The contestants are engineers, designers, architects, and contractors. The material they have to work with is canned (and otherwise packaged) food. The goal is to make sculptures big sculptures. The result? Stop right there we know what youre thinking: some weird Close Encounters thing made of beef stew and refried beans in some madmans living room. But no. Its San Francisco Canstruction, an exhibit that makes uncanny (um, sorry) use of the most mundane items. Its the first time the nationwide food drive and fundraiser has come to San Francisco, but if the images from previous years efforts are any indication, it must be seen to be believed. A panda (made from tuna) is surrounded by bamboo trees (made from soup) sitting on a bed of rice (packets). Shepard Faireys well-known Hope image of President Obama is re-created using various brands of (whoa!) black beans. Giant red and yellow mushrooms (canned salmon in disguise) twist and bend as if theyre alive and dancing. According to the promoters, all the food used in the 14 sculptures was donated, and it will all go to the San Francisco Food Bank when the exhibit closes. Each piece was built in a single day, and awards have been given for structural ingenuity, best use of labels, and (this is our favorite) best meal. According to Lauren Sherman of ZFA Structural Engineers, whos leading the effort, theres absolutely no adhesive allowed. So our biggest question is: How did they get some of these things to stand up and hold together? But no ones saying. You know engineers and architects. They do have their trade secrets.
Thursdays-Sundays, 11 a.m. Starts: June 23. Continues through June 26, 2011