Seeking the perfect two-wheeler or a shiny silver bell? The San Francisco Bike Coalition's WinterFestoffers up a treasure trove of cycles and accessories at its silent auction. The firm-calved are invited to the annual fiesta to mingle, nibble, tipple, and place bids on everything from gear to art, event tickets, and gift certificates, with all proceeds going to the SFBC's advocacy efforts. The party starts at 6 p.m. at SomArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan (at Eighth Street), S.F. Admission is $5 for members, with memberships available at the door for $25; call 431-2453 or visit www.sfbike.org.
-- Joyce Slaton
Flee your flab with a sprint
Though your holiday wish list probably specified no such thing, each year Santa brings an expanded ass and a bigger gut to those who partake of the season's pies, cookies, and other high-calorie treats. No, frantic shopping won't burn off the blubber; a workout regimen is the only solution. But why sweat in the gym when the Hark the Herald Angels Run offers so much more? The 12K and 25K jogs amp up your metabolism while you socialize and soak up unparalleled views of the bay on an island pleasantly distant from the Christmas bustle. Got some free time after the race? Bring a picnic lunch or spend the afternoon strolling around historic buildings and across hiking trails. The dash begins at 10:30 a.m. at Angel Island State Park, after athletes arrive on the 10 a.m. ferry from Tiburon. Registration is $33-38 (and ferry fares are $6-8); call 868-1829 or visit www.envirosports.com.
-- Joyce Slaton
There's usually a part in every James Bond picture when 007 and a pretty (but oddly strong and possibly dangerous) lady are helicoptered into a remote mountain region, at which point they both ski down steep slopes through pristine powder. Schussing up to the atomic research facility, she looks him up and down and says, "Not bad, Mr. Bond. I thought you would be killed." If your perfect movie would be a documentary about people who really ski that way, High Life is for you. Totally sick jumps, flips, drops, and death-defying stunts dominate, interspersed with peeks into the pro skier's life. The screenings begin at 8 p.m. Thursday, 6 and 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, at the Metreon Action Theater, 101 Fourth St. (at Mission), S.F. Admission is $12-25; call 433-3223 or visit www.tetongravity.com.
-- Hiya Swanhuyser