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
We don't often go out of our way for restrooms, but in the case of Macy's sixth-floor ladies room (sorry guys: you'll just have to make do with having everything else), all who pass through its doors will understand why it's worth the effort.
Guys, guys, guys--biggest news ever! R&B superstar Usheris eating vegan! And he wants the Biebs to go vegan too! I effing love Usher like whoa so I'm super pleased. Hopefully he will make the whole leap once he gets a little further into veganhood. And then JB will go vegan and make a line of vegan high-tops and I will buy every pair and start a vegan dance team. Step Up 11: Plant-Based Riot.
For your weekly vegan food porn, I present a staggering work of tater tot genius: the tater tot casserole. God bless us, everyone.
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Happy Meatless Monday! A day for which, as you may know, the "abolitionist" animal rights movement has nothing but contempt (I can't write "abolitionist" without quotation marks because it implies that animal rights activists who aren't down with the "abolitionist" approach are somehow not interested in freeing all animals -- not so. I'm also opposed to any form of torture but if we could end waterboarding tomorrow, let's go ahead and do that). Slate has an interesting post on the conflict between the Humane Society and "abolitionists." You should check it out and tell me what you think.
According to the Toledo Blade, "More Black Americans are Giving up Meat and Dairy." Growing up in Philly, I knew plenty of people of color who were vegan, so this is not surprising to me. I'm glad the article mentions vegan soul food because I totally thought that was normal but then I keep finding soul food spots with no vegan options. Luckily, plenty of them do have vegan options. There's nothing I like more than the buckwheat waffles and a few sides from Gussie's!
The San Francisco SPCA is having a Homecoming adoptathon! Free adoptions from September 14th-16th. While I know we're not supposed to do "free to good home" adoptions, I think the SPCA prob knows what it's doing.
Speaking of the SF SPCA, I missed this from a few months ago but they did a Portlandia spoof! So for my finale, I present Catlandia:
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.'"