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
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Alcoholic boba cocktails haven’t taken off in San Francisco just yet, but Chino, a year-old pan-Asian (and sorta Latino) restaurant from the owners of Tacolicious might change that.
Before breaking up last year, East Bay electro-pop duo the Lovemakers were among the best-known local bands. Scott Blonde and Lisa Light sung with acerbic sarcasm -- the kind former lovers have for each other -- and mixed rock guitars with dance beats and soaring pop hooks. Lovemakers singles like "Love Is Dead" sold hundreds of thousands of songs online.
The band imploded last year, but the now S.F.-based Light is back with a new project, called El Elle. She's already written, recorded, and mixed her debut solo album, and has started a Kickstarter campaign through April 28 to help pay for the fancy white vinyl and CDs she hopes to release it on. El Elle also has a new video for the song "Astral Plane," a big-beat banger electropop tune that recalls some of the Lovemakers' sass while referencing her own spiritual beliefs. (Sample lyric: Don't need to talk with you/ All we do is complain/ But on the astral plane/ We're good, so good.) Check it out below, and find the epilepsy-inducing, strobe-heavy video after the jump.
El Elle plays May 12 at Public Works. That's well after her Kickstarter deadline of April 28, so if you're into this, help make it an album release show. Her give-me-money video is a hilarious blend of absurd rapping, hypnotism, and writhing females. The strobey clip for "Astral Plane" is below that.
The San Francisco Trans March celebrated its 12th year, along with the Supreme Court's decision on same-sex marriage, which was voted in favor of gay marriages across the nation, on Friday, June 26, 2015. Photographs by Michael Ares.