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
We've all had that day: the one where you accidentally hit "Reply All" on an email intended for one or get rear-ended as you're backing out of the veterinary clinic where you've just spent your life savings to find out that the results on your cat's blood work are "inconclusive."
Could drones be the answer to solving hunger among the homeless? Or just an ethically murky mash-up of technology and altruism?
In 2014, Dronelyfe, a San Francisco-based production company that specializes in aerial video and photography, collaborated with L.A.-based filmmaker Mitch Surette to create a video in which a claw-handed drone drops Burger King Whoppers into the hands of homeless people.
Remember the spate of articles earlier this year that traced the unintended consequences of Prop J, San Francisco’s minimum wage hike? Everyone from the Chronicle to Forbes to the Wall Street Journalinvestigated how the increase could be the death knell for the city’s small businesses. Borderlands Books in the Mission became the public face of the wage war; citing high overhead costs exacerbated by the new $15 minimum wage, the shop teetered on the brink of shuttering. (A monthly sponsorship program is keeping it afloat for the time being.)
Not to bury the lede here, but the latest twist in the minimum wage saga comes from an unlikely source: Chipotle. A report from wealth management firm William Blair finds that the restaurant chain hiked prices more than 10 percent across the menu, with a 14 percent increase on steak and barbacoa entrees. The company had planned to raise prices four to six percent in select markets. So why the big bump in San Francisco?
Maybe it's all those hills we climb or just the popularity of the treadmill desk. More likely, it's that you can't afford rent and groceries anymore. Whatever the case may be, a new study has found that the San Francisco Bay Area is full of skinny people.
According to Wallethub.com, the Bay Area has the fifth smallest weight problem in the United States. The study rates American cities based statistics concerning obesity, lifestyle habits, and occurrence of weight-related illnesses, including diabetes and high blood pressure. The news comes just in time to honor of National Nutrition Month, which also happens to fall during Girl Scout Cookie season.
Well, here we go again. We're getting word that Attorney General Kamala Harris filed an appeal with Ninth Circuit Court today, hoping to once again make foie gras illegal in California.
As readers (and foodies) already know, the ban on foie gras was overturned in January, making it perfectly legal for foodies to snack on the fatty duck liver. A California judge claimed that the state's ban on foie gras was creating unfair financial injury to out-of-state producers, for starters.
Obviously, animal cruelty activists were not thrilled, saying forced feeding ducks and geese to enlarge their livers amounts to animal cruelty.
It's always a trip to travel back to an era when More Doctors Smoked Camels — and, all but certainly, a Y-Chromosome was a prerequisite in the field of practicing medicine, and the term "confirmed bachelor" had deeper meanings. Add to that: The wives of healthcare professionals were happy to share recipes consisting largely of cream, corn syrup, and, oddly enough, bullion.
How, we wonder, did anyone survive back in those days? The answer is simple. They all died.
San Francisco police are investigating an unexpected food crime, involving a pair of hungry robbers who attacked two men and stole loaves of bread from a delivery truck this morning.
According to police, a truck loaded with delicious bread was parked at the 500 block of Florida Street at about 2:30 a.m. when two unknown men started their version of carb-loading, pilfering loaves of bread from the back of the truck. Two of the delivery truck employees saw what was happening and attempted to stop the theft.
SSFSC managing partners and elected offcials from South San Franscisco, Millbrae, Brisbane and Colma join SSFSC President Doug Button in a ribbon cutting ceremony for the company's new dry anaerobic digester.
New technology is enabling South San Francisco trash trucks to run on the very refuse they pick up.
South San Francisco Scavenger Company, which provides recycling and solid waste services at the San Francisco International Airport and in South San Francisco, Brisbane, and Millbrae, is partnering with the facility that processes its trash to convert food scraps into fuel.
San Francisco police are asking for your help in locating the man who shot another man inside a Visitaction Valley Happy Donuts earlier this week. Police say it's urgent, as the suspect could be dying from wounds he got during the robbery.
On Monday just before 3 a.m., the armed robber walked into the pastry shop on the 2600 Block of Bayshore Boulevard where he attempted to rob the owner who pulled out his own knife, police said.
The food Twittersphere has been buzzing this morning about the news of a fire last night at iconic Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse. The fire was first reported around 3 a.m. by a passer-by, and contained sometime between 3:30 and 3:45 a.m. -- before the blaze could f-up any more than the exterior and front porch, according to reports from several sources.
Alice Waters told The New York Times that she hoped to re-open the popular cafe later this week, thanks to her business interruption insurance.
But there's got to a silver lining to this tragedy.
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.'"