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
Mars aint what it once was, but the dusty outpost still offers live nightly entertainment and enough empty space for a guy to shed his past. Almost. Stingray Sam, the most recent cinematic offering from Cory McAbee, opens with an unforgettable lounge act (performed by McAbee) that ends with the films hero being shanghaied by his former cell-mate, the formidable Quasar Kid. Their shared mission, which can not be refused due to a privatized prison system that would have them picking up cosmic debris on the dark side of the solar system for the rest of their lives, is to rescue a little girl from a filthy rich, monomaniacal party boy. Like The American Astronaut, McAbees first feature film, Stingray Sam is a visually stunning space western with riotous music by the directors band the Billy Nayer Show; unlike its predecessor, its as topical and incisive as it is outrageously funny and beautiful. Satiric interludes about globalization, genetic engineering, and economic collapse appear onscreen as Situationist collages created by John Borruso while narrated with unflinching aplomb by David Hyde Pierce. But even as Stingray Sam extrapolates from our worst fears in a most hilarious way, the movie has a steadfast heart: McAbees real-life daughter, Willa Vy, who reminds our protagonist about the little things that make humanity worthwhile.
Thu., Sept. 17, 7:15 & 9:15 p.m., 2009