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
During the Comic Book Hearings of 1954, Senator Estes Kefauver lambasted Bill Gaines, publisher of EC Comics and Mad magazine. Kefauver was a staunch advocate of what he considered decency; the hearings were conducted by his Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency. After he brandished a Gaines-published crime comic book whose cover featured the image of a womans severed head, the idea that comics were drivel from which children should be protected was sealed in the public's mind. Since then, Kefauver has become something of a cartoon character an over-the-top moralizer who stumped in a raccoonskin hat and cartoons have gained respect as an art form, ordained by the establishment and sanctified through curation. The Cartoon Art Museum not only fails to protect innocent eyes from the biff and pow of busy panels, it also invites them to pick up a crayon and join the fray at "How to Draw with Your Kid, How to Draw with Your Grownup." Cartoonist Betsy Streeter facilitates something born of a Kefauver fever-dream: parents and children cartooning together. She wont accept excuses from adults who claim no artistic talent; the class endeavors to teach parents and progeny cartooning games they can play at home. So suck it up and try not to let your wounded pride show when your kid asks, Whats that supposed to be?
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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.'"