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
ODC’s beloved Bay Area holiday tradition is back at the YBCA. Join them for a magical journey as the company of dancers enlivens Margery Williams’ classic tale of a well-worn nursery rabbit that becomes real. Told through music, dance and a powerful narrative, The Velveteen Rabbit celebrates the unique relationship between a little boy and his stuffed rabbit, and the enduring power of love. Brimming with wit, festive costumes, madcap characters and the perfect amount of holiday cheer, The Velveteen Rabbit is sure to become your family’s new holiday tradition. By popular demand - we added another performance. Get your tickets today. Tickets start at just $15 for kids. Second performance added on Dec. 5th due to popular demand!More
Join us for the 9th Annual Patients' Choice: San Francisco Medical Cannabis Competition & Expo on Saturday, November 28, from 12 to 9 pm for food, fun and entertainment galore! For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit SFMedicalCannabisCompetition.com. We look forward to seeing you there!More
The 39th anniversary Guide Dogs for the Blind Festive Holiday Luncheon, Thursday, Dec. 3rd (11am to 2pm) with gourmet food, guest speakers, and puppies! Westin St. Francis Hotel Grand Ballroom (335 Powell Street, Union Square, SF). All proceeds support GDB providing qualified guide dogs for 2,200 blind and visually impaired clients throughout the U.S. and Canada at no cost to them. All Ages. Festive attire. All-inclusive tickets start at $125, available until Nov. 30th. Purchase online here. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.More
Dome Cleaning Inc. presents American Me Comedy! This night of laughs and lingerie starring Joe Klocek of Comedy Central and Last Comic Standing, featuring Jason Rogers of American Me Comedy, and hosted by Dave Deluca takes place on Friday, December 4th at 9 pm! Purchase show tickets and VIP seating here!More
You may have heard over the last few days that Berkeley's Lookout! Records -- one of the world's most treasured punk rock labels, and the place that Green Day got its start -- is closing for good, back catalog and all. If you were a punk rocker in the '90s, this news feels a little bit like losing an old treasured friend -- possibly an old, treasured friend you've not really hung out with much lately, but one who'll always have a special place in your heart nonetheless. To mourn the end of this hugely important label, we wanted to pay tribute with a selection of our favorite Lookout! Records songs (in no particular order).
"I Wanna Be A Homosexual," Screeching Weasel
We're pretty sure this is one of the greatest punk rock songs ever written. This snotty, melodic slice of absurdist aggression called out every closet homophobe in the scene ("Why don't you admit you don't have the balls to be a queer?"), laughed at them, then loudly declared punk rock a gay-friendly zone. Screeching Weasel didn't just say homosexuality was to be accepted, they said it was to be aspired to -- and they put a smile on everyone's faces while they were at it. Absolutely brilliant.
"Eating Toothpaste," Bratmobile
By Christ, we miss riot grrrl.
"Unity," Operation Ivy
It's hard to remember sometimes that ska-punk was genuinely fucking cool at one point. And the genre owed a lot of its early street cred to Op Ivy -- the first band to shine a light on the talents of the always charismatic Tim Armstrong. His current band, Rancid, still covers this track in their live sets, and Green Day covers Op Ivy's other most-remembered song, "Knowledge," in theirs. Literally, a classic.
Sloppy as all get out, but beloved by a multitude, Aaron Cometbus played drums in this band when he wasn't handwriting tales of punk rock woe in his now-renowned fanzine. Gutter punks love this stuff. "Punk Rock Girls," The Queers
We know it's stupid and flippant, but if "Punk Rock Girls" doesn't make you want to dance like an eight-year-old at a birthday party who's high on cake, there's something wrong with you. It's just so... cute!
"Scuffle Town," Avail
Witnessing this raucous ode to Avail's Richmond, Virginia hometown, live, is one of the most joyful experiences a gig-goer can ever have. Didn't matter where, didn't matter how many people were watching, Avail kicked ass live in a manner that is fondly remembered all over the world -- and they always kicked it up an extra notch for "Scuffle Town." Sure, you came out of it with two black eyes and and a broken wrist, but you didn't care because you just saw magic happen. We miss you, Avail. Very, very much.
"Do You Wanna Hit It?" The Donnas
Once they quit going on and on endlessly about the fact that they were teenage girls, The Donnas got really eff'n likeable. All solid riffs and unshakeable sass and we-can-play-just-as-good-as-the-boys attitude (and they sure could). Thanks for bringing them to us, Lookout!.
Ted Leo & The Pharmacists
It's unlike anything else Lookout! Records ever put out, but gosh darn it, The Tyranny Of Distance is gorgeous.
"Isolation Burns," Spitboy
Articulators of female struggle, hatred of patriarchy, and the ongoing fight for equality, Spitboy were a fucking godsend for alternative women everywhere and absolutely terrifying for almost everyone else. Thanks for never sugar-coating anything, ladies. We love you.
"2000 Light Years Away," Green Day
Imagine for a moment what might have happened had Lookout! Records not released the first two Green Day records. What if no one else had signed them? What if they hadn't been picked up by a major to release Dookie? What if Green Day was removed from the last eighteen years in music? What if American Idiot had never happened? *Shudder*. Doesn't bear thinking about, but the musical landscape (especially the punk one) would look very different indeed. Thank you Lookout!.