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's really no such thing as "business as usual" for a cannabis dispensary. Basic functions like banking and doing taxes are onerous challenges for sellers of legal weed thanks, to federal government restrictions.
It's also this way with advertising. Major ad players Facebook and Google still ban cannabis ads, and dispensaries are still wary about paying for placement on television and in print after the U.S. Justice Department threatened to throw advertisers in jail a few years ago.
But this is changing. On local favorite KOFY-24 in San Francisco, you can see an ad for Excelsior District dispensary The Green Cross. This makes the ad one of the first of its kind in the country, and definitely a first for San Francisco.
While there are plenty of ads out there for ancillary businesses like doctors' clinics, putting ads for cannabis-selling businesses out there is is still uncharted territory for the California and American marijuana industries. Last year, a company called MarijuanaDoctors.com earned headlines for what it advertised as the first cannabis-related ad on major network television. Problem was, the ad never aired (though the widespread coverage of the non-ad did).
Here's one of the Green Cross spots, which began airing around Thanksgiving on KOFY (best known for its Sunday morning dance parties).
Notice what you don't see: cannabis, in any of its forms (though you can see Marina District resident Michelle Aldrich, winner of a High Times award for her four decades of activism, who claims that cannabis oil helped her recover from Stage III lung cancer).
There's also a Spanish language version. As far as we know, there's never been a cannabis ad on Spanish
language broadcast media in the city.
Kevin Reed, founder and president of The Green Cross, says that the ads' sober tones are deliberate.
"Our goal in creating these commercials and doing this TV campaign was not to push the envelope, but rather to send a public message that we are a community asset," he said via e-mail. "We are always looking for ways to break down walls and educate our local community on the benefits of medical cannabis, and show them what professional and responsible community-minded MCDs look like. We really wanted to remove the negative stigma around medical cannabis and dispensaries in general, and hopefully change some opinions out there."
Chris Roberts has spent most of his adult life working in San Francisco news media, which is to say he's still a teenager in Middle American years. He has covered marijuana, drug policy, and politics for SF Weekly since 2009.
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.'"