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
In its three short years of existence, the Stars and Garters Theatre Company has woven a love spell around this city. Its first offering, The Curse of the Goddamned Ship, a zombie-musical written by company members Jenny Jo Kristan and Ben Burke, played to sold-out audiences wherever it landed. Its second, The Robber Bridegroom, based very loosely on the Brothers Grimm tale, proved that Goddamned Ship was no fluke. Each production is a gesamtkunstwerk, an integrated performance of music, theater, and visual arts. The company -- comprised of gifted puppeteers, writers, comedians, musicians, and makers of beautiful things -- constructs their shows from the floor up, delivering songs, sets, and clothes that make the heart yearn. Star and Garters bi-monthly variety shows, sponsored by the Intersection for the Arts, also sell out routinely and feature everything from glass-eating to tap dancing. By such standards, tonights fete, "Country Duet Roulette, is a simple porchlight affair, with members of the company pairing up and competing for homespun swag in three rounds of song. But dont be fooled, surprises are in store. Celebrity judges include members of the Yard Dogs Roadshow and Tiger Honeypot. Isaac Frankle -- a.k.a. Shovelman -- kicks off the jamboree by playing music on, you guessed it, a shovel.
Sat., May 31, 9 p.m., 2008