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
Slow-cooked meat is the new sinful speakeasy, and not just because the jambalaya, pulled pork, and other smoked-out tastes that a stalwart like Hyde Away's Lil May whips up are served in a tiny storefront with room for 'cue and not much else.
If you like cooking Asian food at home, you've surely heard of 99 Ranch, the Taiwanese-American supermarket chain. Located just off Hwy. 280 in Daly City, 99 Ranch is home to all manner of Asian eats — spices, oils, chili pastes, frozen food, seafood, produce, and snacks galore. Americans are the kings of snack food, right? Nope — leave that to the pan-Asian packaged food producers whose tasty goods fill 99 Ranch's shelves. Some will be familiar to even the most pedestrian snacker, but the true avant-garde eater will find a cornucopia of delicious foreign foods to stock the pantry with. Don't forget the squid snacks!