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
Some of you may have gazed up at the facade above 826 Valencia and thought, "Huh, what I would give for a few hours with a scaffolding." The mural gracing the "Chippendale" topped storefront is awash in myriad little drawings concerning the not-insignificant theme of the "development of humans and their efforts at and motivations for communication," according to the pirate store. The piece was designed by Chris Ware, who's pretty much the gold standard for obsessive young graphic novelists. Known for books like Jimmy Corrigan and the Acme Novelty Library series, Ware produces spare, lonely, exquisitely depressing strips about geometrically astute and often rotund everymen, who drift through the world with all the impact of a falling leaf. He moves from traditional panel work to busting down all barriers -- 2005's The Acme Novelty Library Final Report to Shareholders and Rainy Day Saturday Afternoon Fun Book, for example, features a strip printed not on the spine but on the edge of the hard cover. It also has glow in the dark ink and a character who duplicates, on his prison cell wall, tiny versions of every panel in the book up to the halfway point. Today, as part of the "Serial Boxes" graphic novel series, Ware sits to chat with a master whose shadow looms even larger, Art Spiegelman of Maus fame; both appear in conversation with Hillary Chute, Associate Editor of MetaMaus. Future "Serial Boxes" appearances include Ben Katchor (Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer) and Peter Kuper (Spy Vs. Spy and The Metamorphosis), among others.
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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.'"