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
The Long Now Foundation is a society of eccentrics dedicated to making sure homo sapiens sticks around for a good long while and that just so happens to be keen on boozing it up in a rarefied atmosphere.
As someone who insists that Coit Tower resembles a fire hose -- and nothing else -- I don't think I'm the type to see innuendos where they're not. And yet, glancing at the logo for the fledgling, San Francisco-based United Football League, I can't not see it. Bluntly, this appears to be a well-endowed star fornicating with a rather vaginal football.
Hoping to gauge a professional's opinion -- and see if it was just me -- I dialed Mike Monteiro, the design director at San Francisco's Mule Design Studio. His first reaction was to laugh and then note that "It's certainly a very penetrating design."
How could this happen? Monteiro speculates that not enough eyes scanned the logo before it was released to the general public -- "I would be amazed if a woman looked at this logo before it was approved."
Well, be amazed. Mindy Romero, the public relations director at Landor, the firm that created the logo, said women were involved in its design and on the client side as well. She also didn't see any sexual imagery in the logo -- forcing SF Weekly, embarrassingly, to use the term "vaginal football" while on the phone with a total stranger.
Romero added that no one else has yet commented to the company on the logo's appearance in this manner. "That's the thing with identities. Anything new is open to be dissected when it's introduced. We didn't get that feedback from any of our research or presentations." (As to who was on the receiving end of these presentations or how many of them took place, Romero was uncertain).
While the UFL's logo is something of a visual double entendre, it certainly isn't the worst you can find. Take Japanese pharmacy Kudawara:
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Or the cringe-worthy Arlington Pediatric Center (oh, the humanity!):
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Or, the absolute best of the worst, the Instituto de Estudios Orientais in Brazil.
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I wonder how their research and presentations went?
Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left.
"Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015.
He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.