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
As Fog City's leading authority on film noir, historian and novelist Eddie Muller is the man to call when it comes to "guns and gams," as he puts it in the introduction to his lavish coffee-table book, The Art of Noir.
If you leave the little dials on your table reading SIM POR FAVOR (i.e., "Yes, please"), gaucho-clad servers will come to your table at this Brazilian churrascaria brandishing meat-laden skewers, from which they'll carve roasted and grilled meats and fowl until you cry Uncle (or flip the dial to NÃO OBLIGADO, "No thanks"). The passing parade includes beef tenderloin, top sirloin, pork chunks dusted with Parmesan, pork tenderloin, lamb flavored with rosemary, chicken thighs, chicken hearts, house-made pork sausages, and grilled bananas, pineapple, and vegetables. (The restaurant serves eight to 10 meats on weeknights, a dozen on weekends.) A multidish cold and hot buffet contains the essential rice, soupy black beans, pinto beans, and farofa (toasted flour to be sprinkled on the rice and beans), as well as more than a dozen platters of assorted salads and salad-bar ingredients such as hearts of palm, pickled beets, hard-boiled eggs, pickled baby turnips, and artichoke hearts. If you haven't eaten yourself into a coma, finish with a big square of tres leches cake or a huge goblet full of papaya cream pudding, with a ball of tart cassis sorbet.