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
With five locations in San Francisco, another four across the bay, and more on the way, Super Duper clearly wants to replicate the success of Five Guys and Shake Shack, other burger joints that became regional powerhouses.
The garden-variety rappers-going-to-prison saga has taken a triumphant turn, albeit a long-delayed one, now that Lorenzo Hall, better known as Zoe Tha Roasta, has been awarded $175K in the wrongful arrest suit he brought against the city of Oakland after being arrested in 2006 and spending almost two years in jail.
As the Chronicle reports, Officer Ramon Alcantar allegedly planted a gun in Hall's car at a wake in Oakland, having received an anonymous tip that "a man named 'Zo' was carrying a gun." Four years, two separate jail bids, and numerous courtroom hours later, the Police Department has admitted that the evidence suggesting the gun belonged to someone was overwhelming.
It's not like Hall, who was a convicted felon with two strikes on his record at the time of the 2006 arrest, went out of his way to cultivate a law-abiding persona -- see, for exhibits A and B, his armed-robbery anthem "Squeeze On 'Em" and the "Roasta" in his nom de plume, which doesn't exactly bespeak the desire to be a Blue Bottle-trained barista. But the odds are stacked a little heavy against anyone in Hall's line of work, and our city officials need to know the difference between truth and fiction. Let's be thankful this miscarriage of justice has been set right.