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 most clichéd things you can possibly associate with San Francisco are the Golden Gate Bridge and fog over the bay, but looking out at the bridge in a thick fog from Kirby Cove, with the skyline of the city peeking through, is just as magical as it is stupidly clichéd. Although you have to make your way to the Marin Headlands to experience this view, the Kirby Cove campgrounds are well worth the adventure into that home base of the anti-vaccination movement, just for their gorgeous view of the city.
Long before there was an It Girl, there was the Brinkley Girl. Her kohl-darkened eyes, mischievous mouth, lacy dresses, and bountiful curls adorned countless pages and stages. Songs were written about her, plays were written about her, Flo Ziegfeld based dance routines on her. She was a sensation. And a cartoon. The creator, Nell Brinkley, was just as independent and irrepressible as her creation. An accomplished illustrator by age 16, she dropped out of school and moved to New York City at the behest of William Randolph Hearst. Brinkleys effervescent cartoons of everyday working girls captured the publics imagination, beautiful women of every racial and economic background adorned her panels, and suddenly suffrage had a young face. During WWI, Brinkley interviewed women who had left home to become defense workers, only to be denied the right to rent apartments without their men. She did profiles of them and women like First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt for Cosmopolitan, Good Housekeeping, and Harpers. For three decades Brinkley was unstoppable, but then photography took over. If not for comics historian Trina Robbins, the Queen of Comics might have faded from view altogether. As curator of the ongoing The Brinkley Girls exhibit, which runs through Aug. 23, Robbins presents more than 30 pieces from her collection. Tonight, she unveils her book of the same name, which features art spanning Brinkleys career.
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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.'"