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
There's no secret to helping you focus better — unless you count Adderall — but studies have shown that listening to music before or while performing a task can improve attention, memory, and even your ability to perform mental math.
Like Dale Messick, whose creation Brenda Starr, Reporter ran from 1940 to January of this year, June Tarpé Mills understood that having an identifiably feminine name would work against her in the world of adventure comics. So she dropped June, became Tarpé Mills, and drew. Her heroine Miss Fury may not have been the first female superhero in print (the rather obscure Woman in Red and totally bizarre Red Tornado are more likely to claim that honor) but she was the first conceived and drawn by a woman – and it showed. By day, Miss Fury was known as gorgeous socialite Marla Drake. A former fashion illustrator, Mills brought painstaking attention to Drake’s clothes and coif -- including copious lingerie. During World War II, GIs painted the heroine on the nosecones of their aircraft, and Perri-Purr (Drake’s comic cat, which was based on Mills’own feline) became the unofficial mascot for allied troops. While occasionally damned by Catholic crusaders for skimpy attire (it must be said, Miss Fury’s skintight panther suit was demure compared with the garb of new arrivals such as Wonder Woman and Phantom Lady) it did nothing to slow down her torrid adventures. Trina Robbins has gathered the best of this work into a beautiful tome called Tarpe Mills and Miss Fury. Robbins, a female comic creator, expert, and champion, also introduces us to Baroness Erica Von Kampf, a blonde bombshell with a swastika branded on her forehead, and Whiffy, a cross-dressing gangster with a zealous penchant for perfume.
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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.'"