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yoyoIt’s the Cirque de Soleil of yoyo-ing this Saturday, the 2016 Bay Area Classic, from 10-4 at the Spreckels Bandshell in Golden Gate Park. See the 50(!) basic tricks every serious player should know plus more inventive ones from local masters. Free.

 

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catch it

surfIf you’re old enough to remember hearing “Surfin’” the Beachboys first hit, you know about longboards, the heavy, heavy, long (8-12 foot) surboards that started everything. These days they seem to be replaced by short boards and paddle and kite surfing. Truth is, they never went way. Proof is this Saturday and Sunday in Santa Cruz at the Longboard Invitational where over 200 contestants will be competing. For a ride back in time check in on the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum on West Cliff Drive. The sport has been around here for 100 years.

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ice bowling

What’s a bonspiel? No, not a beer garden song contest.curling It’s a curling tournament. What is curling? It’s that Olympic sport where players sweep a stone across ice. All day on May 27-28 you can see what the excitement is about at the 5th Annual Golden Gate Bonspiel at Sparks Ice in Fremont. 36 teams start competing around 6 in the morning and continue all day. Free.

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a new kick

golf1Let’s say your golf swing has seen better days but you’re still not ready to give up your beloved game. It is my pleasure then to introduce you to footgolf. It takes place on grass but instead of a tiny white ball you use a soccer ball, the cups are a wide 21” and in place of expensive clubs you use your foot. There’s a footgolf course at Gleneagles in McLaren Park as well as one in Aptos and San Jose. Of course there is already a national association and championship tournaments.

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step back

proffessPalo Alto is not just home to budding tech titans, it’s also home to superb examples of early twentieth century domestic architecture. The invaluable Palo Alto Stanford Heritage conducts walking tours of Queen Anne, Craftsman, Mission Revival, Prairie Tudor, and Deco gems in neighbors like College Terrace and Professorville. Brochures are available if you want to take self-guided tours.

 

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summer fling

horseshoe 1May we suggest for the minimally athletic a bracing round of horseshoes? There’s a pit waiting for you at the northeast tip of Golden Gate Park. Built from rock in the 20’s, it boasts concrete reliefs hewn by the WPA. Forgotten and overgrown for years but now available for all citizenry to relive their summer camp exploits. If you want to see serious players check the SF Horseshoe Pitching website for their schedule of tournaments. Open from 5am to midnight. Free.

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lounge act

laff bedLaugh flat out this Friday, as you lay on the beds at the Savvy Rest Natural Bedroom in Berkeley while a comedy showcase, performers from the Punchline, Sketchfest,even the Wall Street Journal(?) use the showroom to display their jocular talents. Some drinks provided. BYOB OK. Free.

 

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wing it

butterflyBefore hellish summer heat descends on Mt.Diablo, join David Morris for a butterfly walk this Saturday at 10. Nature doesn’t provide viewing guarantees but with any luck you should catch sight of 8-12 different dazzling kinds of Lepidoptera including ringlets, mylitta crescents, checkerspots,swallowtails and various blues. Binoculars advised. 2 to 3 hours.$6 per car.

 

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hello & goodbye

rileyA seismic shift in the art scene here is the southerly drift of galleries. The Minnesota Street Project, deep into Dog Patch, is one-stop art shopping, a maximally minimalist cache of galleries. Try it on Saturdays since the parking is ridiculous Before they leave the Union Square district you might want to have a last look at two of our most reliable galleries. Fraenkel’s final show on Geary has Christian Marclay turning the grubby sidewalks of London into a light show worthy of the Fillmore. [correction: Fraenkel is not moving] At Berggruen a retrospective of the mother of op art, Bridget Riley, is freshly dazzling.

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spellbound

turrellThe greatest living American artist? My candidate is James Turrell who has a gentle, open ceiling cave at the deYoung where the sky becomes an artwork. More typical of his light works which have the kind of glowing spirituality usually associated with Rothko, is his current exhibit at the Pace Palo Alto. He uses holographic film with LED light tiles that mesmerizingly change color. Runs through July 30.

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