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
During the Comic Book Hearings of 1954, Senator Estes Kefauver lambasted Bill Gaines, publisher of EC Comics and Mad magazine. Kefauver was a staunch advocate of what he considered decency; the hearings were conducted by his Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency. After he brandished a Gaines-published crime comic book whose cover featured the image of a womans severed head, the idea that comics were drivel from which children should be protected was sealed in the public's mind. Since then, Kefauver has become something of a cartoon character an over-the-top moralizer who stumped in a raccoonskin hat and cartoons have gained respect as an art form, ordained by the establishment and sanctified through curation. The Cartoon Art Museum not only fails to protect innocent eyes from the biff and pow of busy panels, it also invites them to pick up a crayon and join the fray at "How to Draw with Your Kid, How to Draw with Your Grownup." Cartoonist Betsy Streeter facilitates something born of a Kefauver fever-dream: parents and children cartooning together. She wont accept excuses from adults who claim no artistic talent; the class endeavors to teach parents and progeny cartooning games they can play at home. So suck it up and try not to let your wounded pride show when your kid asks, Whats that supposed to be?
Sat., Oct. 25, 3 p.m., 2008