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
There are people wholl tell you that medicinal plants exist all over: in public parks, along roadsides, and some even in your own backyard. There are people who will lead you on journeys to gather such species and show you what to do with them. There are also people wholl talk about ethics and environmentalism but then go foraging in public places without a permit, eventually damaging the ecosystem. In other words: Every trend has its share of hypocrites. Tellur Fenner is not one of those people. To be sure, Fenner has made a career in botanical medicine. But hes been doing it long enough to know that its a potentially dangerous practice, and it cant be taught in a single afternoon. Thats why his class, Foraged Health: Medicinal Plants of California, is a basic primer rather than a three-hour path to enlightenment. To go out and forage just because you saw it on Oprah is irresponsible, says Fenner, owner of Blue Wind Botanical Medicine Clinic in Oakland. Thats how people die. But if you know what youre doing, plants have tremendous potential. Take Anemopsis californica, also known as lizard tail. It contains oils that are known to promote healing and reduce inflammation. When processed correctly it can be taken internally or used topically. Its native to the Bay Area and can be easily cultivated. Learning to identify such species is one thing covered in Fenners class. He also provides numerous resources designed to be a starting point for further learning.
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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.'"