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
When Madonna goes dumb, it's like everything else she does in her life -- she goes for gold. Of course, we know that Madge has had a ton of inspiring, empowering and intelligent moments in the course of her career, too. And of course we know that nobody's perfect. But lately, the outspoken singer seems to have been getting her dumb on more than ever before. Here are our favorite recent Madonna quotes that are jaw-droppingly stupid:
1. "We have a black Muslim in the White House -- Amazing shit!"
Of course, this is the quote that inspired us to do this list in the first place. Referring to Obama as a Muslim from a Washington D.C. stage this week, Madonna looked more clueless than ever before. She has since claimed that she was "being ironic," but we're not so sure. Watch the video -- she looks more carried away than anything else, and she refers to the fact that she's feeling "dizzy" before she gets all nonsensical. Maybe she'd just watched Fox News in too many hotel rooms and her brain got scrambled under the stage lights or something.
2. "Tom [Cruise] is a good person. I think
he gets a raw deal, just as I think the orphans in Malawi get a raw
deal; just as I think a lot of marginalized people get a raw deal."
Comparing Tom Cruise's (perceived) struggles with those of children living in Malawi orphanages (many of whom are there because their parents died of AIDS) isn't just incredibly dumb, it minimizes the unbelievable hardships those kids go through, while simultaneously giving Cruise -- one of the richest and most powerful white males on the planet -- a sort of martyr position. Yeah. Because people say mean things about him sometimes. Boo-frickin-hoo. Madonna had already adopted her son David from Malawi when this quote emerged in a 2008 issue of New York, so Lord knows what she was thinking. Oh, right -- she wasn't.
3. "People spend $300 on crazy things all the time -- things like handbags. So work all year, scrape the money together, and come to my show. I'm worth it."
And this was the point that we realized that Madonna had lost touch entirely. Remember when she used to stand up for the little people? Remember when she still understood struggle? Well, when this popped out of her mouth, she started sounding a little too much like Mitt Romney for our tastes. Only a one-percenter would brazenly tell a nation of people dealing with high unemployment rates and a never-ending recession to spend all year saving up their pennies to go look at her for two hours. Patronizing, insulting and dumb, da-dumb-dumb!