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
The headquarters of this organization, which is dedicated to breaking down barriers among the world's music traditions, couldn't be more appropriate: It's in an office area adjacent to the most popular remaining structure from the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Expo — the Palace of Fine Arts.
It seems as of late we're spending more time waiting for BART than riding it. It's definitely not a figment of our typically strange imaginations.
Last Friday, for instance, there was a long-ass delay in San Francisco, thanks to some kind of "police activity" at the 24th Station. Turns out, that police action was just a screaming dude sitting on the tracks for reasons unknown.
We only know this after coming across this YouTube video which shows the guy in plaid demonstrating exactly what not to do on BART (hint don't get on the tracks and don't touch the forbidden third rail which has 1000 volts of electricity will likely electrocute you.)
While most people spend their commute reading quietly, picking their nose/grooming, or getting laid, this group of very loud bros took to the aisles of BART and entertained themselves with an activity typically reserved for rock concerts and festivals.
Crowd surfing on BART isn't something we see often, or at all for that matter, but after watching this video, we do think it's the perfect show for BART -- a venue hosting free entertainment all day long.