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
The girls who populate cartoonist Lynda Barrys work are scrubby, scraggly-haired, befreckled, and awkward. Barry's most famous creation, Marlys, has a curt line of a mouth punctuated with buck teeth, just below a bespectacled deadpan stare above which girly pigtails are held in place by little bows. Her visage is like a totem pole of feminine expectations that ends with stubborn rebuttal. Yet Marlys is cute, and so are the other children in Lynda Barrys comic strips and graphic novels: They dance and jump rope, their limbs are devoid of bones and thus waggle around in celebratory childish glee, but they also make stark observations about race, child abuse, drug use, and myriad other problems readers may wish were confined to the adult world. Barrys latest offering is a sprawling multicolored mishmash of collage and painting that looks like a shrine to the creative process and the difficulties that accompany it called What It Is. Do you wish you could write? Barry asks her readers right on the cover. But in her careful hands the question isnt mocking -- its honest. Do you wish you could write? Maybe you can.
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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.'"