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
The Tenderloin was set to lose another irreplaceable when the Ha-Ra Club — a low-ceilinged dive of the slummiest reputation, long fallen into neglect, but nevertheless beloved for strong pours, idiosyncratic bartenders, and a long history — was taken over by the crew who run Ace's and Dobbs Ferry.
Good day, friends. There's a new vegan ice cream in town! Vegan ice cream sandwiches, even! Green Girl Bakeshop makes cashew- and coconut-based ice creams with wild flavors like balsamic fig. You can find the gluten-free, soy-free, vegan ice cream at the Montclair and Lafayette farmers' markets.
In absurd news, Chico State students are freaking out about the proposed introduction of Meatless Monday. But wait--it's not even that the cafeterias would be meatless one day a week, the proposal is that 1 of 5 food stations in only one dining hall would offer vegetarian options on Mondays. Meat would be plentiful everywhere else. The indignity! I ask that you show your support on the Chico for Animals Rights' Facebook page and maybe give the school your two cents in response to this article by the school paper.
SF's Walk for Farm Animals is October 13th! Have you signed up? Vegansaurus has a handy list from Gene Baur on the Top Five Reasons to do Walk for Farm Animals. However, I'd like to add a 6th reason that Gene didn't cover: There will prob be dogs in bandanas.
I leave you with an excellent video from Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. It's just about the happiest video on the internet at the moment. The sanctuary saved this group of two dozen ducks from a bad hoarding situation where they never had access to any kind of pond or what have you. Here they are, going into the water for the first time, very much to their dismay (at first).
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.'"