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
Head on over to Condor Club or Gold Club to watch UFC 202 Diaz vs McGregor 2 at 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 20th. Tickets will sell out quickly, so to purchase your VIP table and advance tickets for Condor Club click here, and for Gold Club click here.More
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Guitarfish Festival this weekend! An intimate family, community, arts & music festival held high in the majestic Sierra’s. Enjoy camping in the trees, river swimming, hiking, biking, great food & vending, plus a kids area with activities. Top-notch lineup: Doobie Decibel System Band, ALO, Greyboy Allstars, Lyrics Born, Hamsa Lila, Orgone and many more. A music festival with a cause for the good of the people and our planet! Come camp, dance, swim, & play! guitarfishfestival.comMore
Marty's Place, a residential home for people with AIDS, has launched a fundraising drive, hoping to reopen as a co-op — and you and your checkbook are invited to the open house Monday.
Marty's Place was founded by Richard Purcell, a Franciscan friar, who came to San Francisco in 1989 to care for his brother Marty, who was dying of AIDS. Marty died eight weeks after his brother's arrival. Purcell, who passed away in 2011, decided to stay in San Francisco to care for people with AIDS.
In 1993, he acquired a Victorian mansion in the Mission. Naming the home after his late brother, Purcell opened Marty's Place, which served as a resource for AIDS victims for 18 years.
In 2010, Purcell fell ill and Marty's Place closed. But a recent campaign to reopen Marty's Place started in hopes to revive the place where people living with AIDS had always found community.
"Marty's Place represents a unique opportunity to become an incubator for the next generation of HIV-positive leaders," Brian Basinger, director of the AIDS Housing Alliance, told SF Weekly. "We are creating not just an affordable home in this hyper-gentrified real estate craze, but an institute for leadership development and skills building."
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"After 30 years of activism, we are losing leadership to retirement and burnout. Added to that is the attrition due to eviction and displacement that is eroding our leadership and institutional leadership. And yes, people are still dying of AIDS," he added.
Marty's Place will be an affordable Godsend to those who live with HIV. When reopened, a private bedroom will cost $800 per month, while a shared room will go for $450 per month.
Longtime housing activist Tommi Avicolli Mecca of the Housing Rights Committee is part of the coalition which is working towards reopening Marty's Place. He says the committee is trying to collect $250,000 for much-needed renovations on top of other costs that are involved with recruiting and training the co-op members who will live there.
Mecca noted that people living with AIDS are facing the same struggles as everyone else in San Francisco: high rents that are forcing them out of the city.
"It has nothing to do with the disease being manageable," he said. "AIDS housing is still needed because rents are astronomically high and many people with AIDS can't afford them," he said.
Beyond that, Marty's Place is a piece of San Francisco history that needs to be revived, said Mecca. "It's what people think of when they think of our city, a place of caring for everybody," he said. "Remember that San Francisco was once called the model of caring for people with AIDS. Marty's Place is part of that legacy."
If you're feeling extra generous on Monday head over to Marty's Place at 5 p.m., located at 1165 Treat St., between 24th and 25th Streets. Don't forget your wallet.