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
You may measure your true 415 cred by the amount of times you've strolled into the diner that "never close[s]" (as the sign says), sidled up to the bar, ordered a drink, and received a shot of ouzo on the house — without blinking, looking sideways, or feeling the need to keep an open line to flee for the exit.
The island trend of Hawaiian-style poke, or raw fish/seafood dressed with a variety of sauces and fresh toppings, has been kicking around the West Coast mainland for a while, particularly in Los Angeles, where its lean protein-rich nature is a big hit with the diet and camera conscious.
Just a reminder: The Humane Society isn't a vegan organization. While the org does a lot of good, it's also sponsoring a Colorado event charmingly entitled "Hoofin' It" which showcases the deliciousness of a different hoofed species several nights in a row. That's gross. JL Fields (huge fan!) contacted the HSUS and they reminded her that they're not just working to better the lives of animals, they're also working to end inhumane practices in the farming industry. I guess that's something, but, like Fields, I'm having a hard time justifying my support of the HSUS when they sponsor an event like this.
Teens will eat anything (yes, including flaming hot Cheetos with cream cheese), so if you're raising a vegan teen you should make sure their diet has all the nutrients they need to be healthy, happy and in top form to tell you that they hate you and will never forgive you for something that will be completely inconsequential three days from now. Here's what you should look for when shopping for your vegan teen.
Shopping for your fall wardrobe? Here are some ideas for making your clothing spree both stylish and ethical. (Pro tip: Buy 10 pairs of jeans and 10 black shirts and dress like me! Attractive, functional, made possible with only one trip to Costco.)
It's back-to-school time, and if there's one thing that helps make the transition bearable, it's a delicious meal of your favorite comfort foods.