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
Nearly two decades after the New York drag-night documentary Paris Is Burning pushed the Vogue beyond Harlem ballrooms, Madonnas favorite dance form has once again tripped the light fantastic. Competitions between Houses collectives of dancers who work under a godfather have grown increasingly more athletic and more beautiful. While L.A. is known as the city to walk out West, Mama Calizos Voice Factory is pulling out all the stops -- not to mention the queens, kings, butches, and femmes for the Battle at Ground Zero. This weekly battle is but one aspect of "Crash Cabaret: Where Queers Collide (hetero-sexuals encouraged to apply)," Mamas extravagant YBCA residency. The many-faceted event kicks off each Friday night with Crash Pad, a snappy hour where the fabulous and freaky unwind. Later in the night comes Crash-Out, a multimedia post-punk speakeasy; this week features Sean Feit and Seth Eisen, who created Mamas lavish solo show Blackbird: A Queer Vocal History; Ejector-SF, an electro-pop duo for Dore Alley fashionistas and Depeche Mode worshippers; and members of S.F. Buffoons, who worship the crude, lewd, and riotous. The artsy trifecta concludes each evening with Crash Cabaret, a showcase of Mamas most beloved DIY artists, starting with the Dr. Seusslike neon harlequins of Fou Fou Ha! and the sensual decadence of the all-male SF Boylesque.
Fridays, 5 p.m. Starts: Aug. 7. Continues through Aug. 28, 2009