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
BayTaper.com, an online multimedia documentary featuring live audio recordings, videos, and photography has been tirelessly capturing live jazz and acoustic music in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2005.
Prostitution might seem like a simple issue. Its bad. Okay. But it gets complex when you take a closer look. Some people are forced into it, their health and personal safety in constant jeopardy. And that is bad. Yet some women and men truly enjoy doing it. They maintain that if it werent criminal, prostitutes would have legal health and safety protection, there would be less of a market for human traffickers, and the old, moralistic stigma surrounding sex and pleasure for its own sake would be lessened. Carol Leigh advocates for this kind of change. Shes also the coproducer with Erica Fabulous of the San Francisco Sex Workers Film and Arts Festival, which annually gives self-proclaimed whores (including prostitutes, porn performers, exotic dancers, and others) a forum to express themselves, learn from each other, and generally go hog mad celebrating what they do. Leigh says since its beginning as a film event in 1999, the festival has grown to include other visual arts, performances, workshops, educational efforts, and political organizing. Tonight at the Roxie, porn star and sex worker Derrick Hanson teams up with musical aficionado Tom Orr in Love for $ale: A Sweet Talking, Street Walking Bawdy Burlesque Cabaret, which benefits the St. James Infirmary, a facility dedicated to sex worker health. Throughout the festival is Roaming Hooker Fest, which has groups in a van projecting movies at various locations and giving out safer-sex materials. Film and video screenings include Transfrancisco by Glenn Davis as well as Mutantes: Punk Porn Feminism, whose stars include Annie Sprinkle and Lydia Lunch. Sprinkle also leads What the Fuck Is Ecosex and Why Is It So Hot for Whores? The presentation explores several things we didnt really know about before, including green porn and eco-phone sex.
May 20-29, 2011