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
The leather-lunged rivalry between Giants and A’s fans has cooled a bit since Barry Bonds retired, depriving East Bay boo-birds of their favorite target. There’s also the small matter that the teams have moved in opposite directions, with the Giants winning the World Series in 2010 and primed for another playoff run while the chronically payroll-challenged (though once-mighty) A’s have reached .500 just once in the past five seasons. The annual Bay Bridge Series, which marks the return of baseball season and spring to the Bay Area, has a strange wrinkle this year: The teams cross swords – er, bats – in these exhibition games after the A’s open the regular season in Tokyo on March 28-29. Ah, but why let logistics get in the way of a revenue-generating day at the ballpark, especially when it goes to a good cause? (Keeping Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain in Giants uniforms.) Tonight’s tiff is the first of a three-game set that goes to Oakland and concludes Wednesday afternoon at AT&T Park. These games promise to be especially exciting because, as with any rivalry, the caliber of the squads has little bearing on who wins. Last year, for example, the Giants swept the A's when the teams played in San Francisco, but later in the year when the Giants visited Oakland, the A's took all three. Speaking of vengeance: The A’s return May 18 for a three-game series that counts toward regular-season standings – and also in the accounting ledger.
Mon., April 2, 2012