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
Llewelynn Fletcher's immersive sculptures beguile the senses. Sasha Petrenko's site-specific installations and performances strive to capture a dynamic, living planet. Austin Thomas hides heady themes in seemingly austere drawings, photos, and sculptures. She also cobbles together site-specific social spaces which she calls "perches," but which are obviously kick-ass treehouses, minus the trees. These and other artists are contributing super-sized works for "Just Passing Through: Sculptures and Installations" at the University of San Francisco's Rooftop Sculpture Terrace. "Just Passing Through" promises to challenge notions about how we inhabit or pass through space, or at least provide a lovely respite in a busy city.
"Just Passing Through: Sculptures and Installations" is open to the public 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and runs through Dec. 11 at Kalmanovitz Hall, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St., S.F. Free; 422-5178 or usfca.edu. More
Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Continues through Dec. 11
With five locations in San Francisco, another four across the bay, and more on the way, Super Duper clearly wants to replicate the success of Five Guys and Shake Shack, other burger joints that became regional powerhouses.
This San Francisco-based artist fuses his high-flying pieces, ranging from flapping books to fleeing furniture, with existing edifices and structures, injecting animal-like movements into inanimate objects.
Oakland's zoo may have the largest LED holiday light display in the Bay Area, but you know what it doesn't have? Reindeer. These might not be of the flying variety, but the four reindeer that live in a special corral on the zoo's Patas Lawn are no less impressive than Dancer or Prancer. Today is the last day to catch Holly, Velvet, Peppermint, and Belle as part of the S.F. Zoo's Reindeer Romp before they head back to colder climes (not quite the North Pole, but close: Oregon's Operation Santa Claus). Some trivia, to start your new year off right: Reindeer, called caribou in the U.S. and Canada, are the only type of deer where males, females, and calves grow antlers. Plus, their antlers are like fingerprints -- no two pair are alike. They also really do pull sleds (mostly in Sweden and Norway). Between this, the penguins singing "Jingle Bells," videos of otters frolicking in the snow, and the newish nightlife festivities, the zoo is proving to be a happenin' stomping ground for hoofed creatures and humans alike.
Dec. 20-Jan. 1, 10 a.m., 2012
The San Francisco Trans March celebrated its 12th year, along with the Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage, which was voted in favor of gay marriages across the nation, on Friday, June 26, 2015. Photographs by Michael Ares.