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
Isabel Castillo would like a job in her field already.
Tomorrow, another class of University of San Francisco graduates will head into the working world. And while they are understandably worried about landing a job, the university will award an honorary doctorate to a young woman who has even less hope of getting a gig, given that she's an illegal immigrant.
Isabel Castillo of Harrisonburg, Virginia, has been a vocal advocate for the DREAM Act, the federal bill that died in Congress in December. The bill would have allowed illegal immigrants who came to America as kids and attended two years of college a pathway to legal citizenship.
Castillo didn't go to USF. She attended Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia, and was one of the most vocal advocates among a movement of students who spoke in favor of the bill, despite the risk that they could face major consequences for coming out as illegal immigrants.
In our story last year, many of the students we interviewed didn't want to use their real names because they feared being targeted for deportation. The one who did use her name, Prerna Lal, is now facing deportation proceedings.
The 26-year-old Castillo led rallies, organized a march on Washington, and staged a sit-in at Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's office, where she was finally arrested, but not deported. She became one of the the poster children for the Dream Act, and the martyr for students who were disappointed when Congress voted against taking up the law.
She told The New York Times in February:
"At first, I'd only allow the media to shoot my face turned away and only my first name. And then it just progressed. I said, 'OK, use my face and you can say I went to a local university.'" Then it was 'I graduated from Eastern Mennonite University and I'm Isabel Castillo."
USF President Stephen Privett read a news story about her and decided to give her an honorary doctorate degree.
"We honor Isabel Castillo for her selfless courage in advancing the cause of undocumented college students and to underscore the fundamental unfairness of our denying a path to citizenship to some of the most motivated college students in the country," Privett said in a statement.
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.'"