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
Weird little marvels are the works of Ron Nagle, the ceramicist whose work has helped prove that a sculptor who works in clay can be a serious presence in the art world. Nagle has been making vessels and intimate-sized sculptures since the 1960s, when he was associated with the norm-busting California ceramics movement and studied with one of its prime forces, fellow abstract-expressionist Peter Voulkos. A species of one, Nagle has continued to create compelling and painstakingly crafted pieces that are elegant yet unsettling. His sculptures contain puckered surfaces, unusual textural juxtapositions, amorphous shapes, and a surreal look. His cups, some of which have been overglazed and repeatedly fired, appear to have come from a tea party on Mars. With diverse influeneces, including ceramicist Ken Price, abstractionist Cy Twombly, still-life painter Giorgio Morandi, and California cool-car culture, Nagle is a distinctive artist and a San Francisco spirit. To learn more, come hear his lecture at the San Francisco Art Institute — his first appearance there since his 1978 Adaline Kent Award exhibition.More
It takes a lot of balls to light your tits on fire. Angel Cecelia Helene Walker, better known as Satans Angel, has done it approximately 25,000 times over the last 40 years. Born in San Francisco to a devout Catholic mother, the burlesque queen once wanted to be a nun, but as puberty took hold the budding hellcat swapped charm school for reform school and learned to smoke reefer. During the '60s, she lost her virginity while dancing at the Condor, and packed in the crowds at Tipsys as frontwoman of a topless girl-band before heading for Vegas. In Have Tassel, Will Travel presented as part of the National Queer Arts Festival she shares the glamour and the grit of being a world-famous exotic dancer, from her alleged flings with Clint Eastwood, Bobby Darin, Janis Joplin, and Hedy Lamarr to her head-on collision with a Mack truck and a bad cocaine habit. The play is part of Walkers Ta Ta Flambé Tour, a farewell run through the old hometown before she retires her tassels. Walker also teaches classes, signs autographs, and makes things sizzle at several cabarets, starting with the Hubba Hubba Revue at the DNA on June 18 and culminating in a satisfying strut through the SF Pride Parade on June 27. Tonight features Have Tassel, Will Travel and performances by Kitten on the Keys, the Devil-Ettes, Satans Angel, and many others.
Wed., June 23, 7 p.m., 2010