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
Brass Knuckle: The Fryin Maiden sandwich features juicy fried chicken breast with a spicy crust and a touch of apple-jalapeo slaw that completes the presentation of this rock 'n' roll themed sammy.
Koja Kitchen Food Truck: Dont pass up on the mainstay Koja Sandwich, where toasted, absorbent rice patties make up the bread, and you choose your meat, plus some yummy toppings. Try the Kamikaze Fries with kimchi for a beefy side dish, too.
Mayo & Mustard: Tony's BBQ Tri-Tip sandwich takes the cake with sliced tri-tip, cheddar, BBQ sauce, horseradish sauce, mayo and plenty of little pickled, spicy goodies tucked in a Dutch crunch roll. Yum.
Kinders Truck: Not bad for a chain. Simplistic smoked beef, with a nice touch of proprietary, Mild BBQ sauce, and some fixings on a soft roll. All courtesy of a Bay Area landmark, in truck form.
Side Pony: Portable and delectable duck meat piled onto a bun along with kaffir lime aioli, cilantro and mint pesto, pickled red onions and Romaine lettuce for a sandwich-ed version of the Thai dish larb.
Roli Roti: A balanced combination of crispy, salty pork skin with deliciously juicy meat, along with caramelized onions and a bit of cress in a crusty roll. Get in line and order your Porchetta sandwich.
Sanguchon Peruvian Food Truck: Try a Pan con Chicharron, with slices of pork loin, fried sweet potato bits, marinated onions and some aioli, all on crusty and warm bread.
Tandoori Chicken USA: Doing its namesake justice. Hit up the tandoori sandwich for juicy, chicken breast pieces wrapped up to go in warm naan bread along with a helping of seasoned fries and a drink.
Southern Sandwich Co.: Dont forget the sauce! The pulled pork sandwich is good, but the three sauces set up by the pickup window makes the sandwich superb.
La Pastrami Truck: In addition to its hoagies, it turns out fries are a great substitute for bread when it comes to pastrami.
Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'.
Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"