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
For someone who lives in the downtown corridor — all right, the Tenderloin — the idea of going to Ocean Beach for pizza is rife with potential pratfalls: high Uber fares, lengthy Muni trips, ever-present fog, jet lag.
When you're at Cheeselands, it's pretty smart to B.Y.O.B(aguette)
It's hard but not impossible to eat vegetables at Outside Lands. I was very excited to see Radiohead, because OK Computer was the CD that I listened to on repeat-all 1,000 times at the peak of my alienated-adolescent phase, and I'd never seen them live before. Well, Thom Yorke isn't big on the banter — no surprise there — and while I'm really glad they led off with three songs from A Moon Shaped Pool, and I got to sing along to "There There" and "Let Down" at the top of my lungs, as entertainers, there are better acts. In other words, I got some nutrition after all, because watching Radiohead felt like eating my vegetables.
For the tastier morsels that Tamara Palmer and I consumed, read on.
Michelle Polzine (20th Century Kitchen), Sophina Uong (Calavera), and Cortney Burns (Bar Tartine) battle it out on the GastroMagic stage at CUESA's Trash Talk.
With 100-and-something vendors, Outside Lands's food side has never been bigger. There are mainstays that become an obligatory pilgrimage year after year — hello, porcini mushrooms from Rich Table — but this year, there's lots of new stuff that will make you want to hold your hands palms outward and wiggle all 10 fingers like a cartoon villain, surveying your domain. I didn't get through half my planned eating list on Day 1, but luckily, there's two more days. Here's what Tamara Palmer and I feasted upon on Friday.
By Roger Park
on Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 9:00 AM
Heritage Fire by Cochon555, returns to Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena on Aug. 21st, to the delight of fans of everything porcine.
The event’s tagline “3500 pounds of whole animals cooked over live fires by 50 top chefs with tons of premium wines” reads like a gastronomic haiku.
“The event helps foster the relationship between local farming and emerging chef and restaurant communities,” Brady Lowe, founder of Cochon555, tells SF Weekly. “Through Heritage Fire, we are putting the spotlight on heritage species, responsible agriculture, and amazing chefs. The greater goal of all events in the Cochon555 family is to promote honest and safe food through education. When we consume safe food, we make jobs for shepherds of the good food movement and we support family farming. Plus we create demand so people raise more heritage breed animals.”
By Brad Japhe
on Sun, Jul 31, 2016 at 9:30 AM
'Ye Ol' Beer Lands at Outside Lands 2015
It's August in San Francisco. Which means it's time for the annual urban ritual that is Outside Lands. On the eve of its ninth rendition, it's a festival above the rest: a premiere destination for all things food and drink. And, oh yeah, the music ain't too shabby, either. Golden Gate Park's Polo Field reimagines itself this weekend as one gigantic house party, serving some of the Bay Area's best beers, wines, and cocktails to some 70,000 lucky guests. Here's what to expect, from a few of the fine folks putting it together.
Plus Sacramento gets food trucks, and Spoonbar teaches mai tai classes in time for the warm weather.
The North Beach Festival is this weekend
Dust off those hand-talking skills, because everyone’s favorite Italian-American San Francisco neighborhood is hosting its annual open house on Saturday and Sunday. The Barbarossa Lounge (714 Montgomery) will even be hosting a 6 pm afterparty for anyone who likes cocktails, food, and live music.
World Gin Day is on Saturday - where to sip in SF
With Negroni Week coming to its close, it’s time to graduate to the final stage in alcohol adulation. Saturday brings us the international celebration of gin, that botanical booze we love so much. Visit Stookey’s Club Moderne (895 Bush) to experience their own house-made Barrel Aged Negroni, as well as a flight of G&T’s with Boodles, three different types being served from now through June 11th. And if gin really gets you going, don’t forget to stop by Whitechapel (600 Polk), SF’s resident gin haven.
Cockscomb is offering mussels in Negroni for 2016's edition of Negroni Week.
Back for a fourth year with no signs of slowing down, Campari’s Negroni Week returns even bigger and redder than last year. The charity event, which started in 2013, continues to gain momentum and is now celebrated in over 40 countries and raised over $300,000 for various charities last year. From June 6 to 12, over 90 bars and restaurants in San Francisco will be selling special Negroni themed cocktails and food items with a portion of each going to a charity of their choosing. A full list of participants can be found on the Negroni Week site, but for those of you too lazy to do that, here is a list of the most interesting events and offerings of the week. Unfortunately, you’ll have to put on pants and leave your bed to enjoy them because there is not yet a Negroni Week delivery app.
"Charismatic megafauna" is the term for adorable, endangered animals that hog all the attention and prevent even more ecologically important species from the vital protection and funding they deserve. (Vexed biologists usually cite the giant panda as the biggest culprit.)
Well, unless your militant vegan friend starts up again, you don't need to feel guilty about loving cute animals if you go to the Ferry Building on Saturday, April 16 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for Goatchella, technically known as CUESA's Baby Goat Festival.
Sunday, Jan. 17 kicks off the first of three days where attendees can explore over 80,000 specialty food products from 1,400 vendors, making the free samples at Costco look like child's play. Seventeen days should be long enough to comfortably convert any new year’s resolution-related weight goals into fancy food goals, including (but not limited to) “eat more fancy foods by the end of 2016.”
Not food, but I went gaga over this Frida Kahlo luggage.
Granted, it's not known for its food like its younger sibling Outside Lands — to my frustration, a list of food vendors isn't included on the paper program — but the Treasure Island Music Festival isn't 100 percent about music. Tens of thousands of people have got to eat. Among the well-known names, generic purveyors of fried things, and grossly overpriced wine and cocktails ($14 for Jack Daniels' Fireball knockoff? No, thanks), we found a a couple of standouts.
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.'"