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 first month of a new, potentially apocalyptic decade means one thing for sure: makeovers, makeovers, makeovers. As such, Tiara Sensation, that most unpredictable and willfully ramshackle of Monday night drag clubs, will, after a year and a half of lo-fi magic, move to Fridays, with a new moniker to boot: Some Thing. An apt name if weve ever heard one. Though the tiaras will still be sensational, some things at Some Thing will be different: the usual show, still hosted by Jäger-drinking, Little Mermaid theme-song-performing dry spirit VivvyAnne Forevermore, is now followed by a supplementary show and nightcap with revered drag personality Glamamore, which is called Some Thing More. The latter goes in for a little more elegance and put-togetherness than the former, which keeps its unpredictable, madcap character. The craft table, manned by Hot Gloo, remains, and DJ Down-E is in charge of music. Tonight's theme: A Gem in the Rough, followed by the Drool in the Crown. Get it? Got it? Not exactly? Fortunately, not getting it is half the battle just keep the theme in mind when putting on your Friday best, even if only to misinterpret it.
Fridays, 10 p.m., 2011