Crooners like Tony Bennett have been leaving their hearts in San Francisco for decades, but it seems some artists have started taking the notion literally. If you've been wondering about the colorful and sometimes enigmatic heart sculptures that have been sprouting up all over the city since February, find out what's going on at the "Heart and Soul Walking Tour." This easy one-mile walk, led by the project's artist liaison, gives art lovers and the just plain curious a chance to learn about the sculptors and inspirations behind some of the 130 5-foot-tall tickers that comprise this part fund-raiser, part installation piece.
The steel-and-fiberglass structures, which add much-needed color to our usual summertime gray, are intended to raise money for the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. But you'd better go see them soon: Citywide surgery removes the overgrown organs at the end of September, when they'll be auctioned off for charity. So get your own heart pumping with a nice stroll -- meet at 9:50 a.m. today and on Sept. 19 below the clock tower at the Ferry Building, Market & Embarcadero, S.F. Suggested donation is $10; call 651-1811 or visit www.heartsinsf.org.
-- Jack Karp
OK, so Viola digs Orsino, who's in love with Olivia, who's hot for Cesario (who's actually Viola in disguise pleading Orsino's case to Olivia, who winds up falling head over heels for the drag king she assumes is Cesario). Still with me? It's all right if you're not; it's the joy ride through the romantic musical comedy Twelfth Nightthat matters. Think of it as a 17th-century Three's Company, only classy.
For the Shakespeare-curious but cash-challenged the thing that reallymatters is that all the seats are gratis at the Free Shakespeare in the Park Festival, which continues its calling with alfresco versions of the Bard's masterpieces. This year's production of Twelfth Nightcarries on the tradition with live music and René Magritte's ethereal images as backdrop visuals. Pack a picnic and take a gander at 7:30 tonight (and Saturdays and Sundays through Sept. 26, with a special Labor Day performance) at the Presidio's Parade Grounds, Lincoln & Montgomery, S.F. Admission is free; call 422-2222 or visit www.sfshakes.org.
-- Melissa Lane
Making a Play
SBC Park = gay bar
Annoying fight songs, uncomfortable seats, $7 beers -- remind us again why people like going to baseball games? But hey, add a little cruising to the mix and suddenly an upside emerges. Chat up a scintillating selection of sporty queers at the very first "LGBT Singles Night OUT,"a party that starts with a pre-game mixer and ends with the Giants likely pounding the hell out of the Colorado Rockies. Start flirting at 5:15 p.m. at SBC Park, 24 Willie Mays Plaza (at Third and King streets), S.F. Your $32 admission buys you entrance, two drinks, and a seat in the special "I like same-sex smooching" (aka lower box) section; call 972-2000 or visit www.sfgiants.com.
-- Joyce Slaton
Want to be a surfer -- or just look like one? At the monthly "Surfrider Foundation Beach Cleanup," even those who don't ride waves can show their love for the beach. See, the do-gooders of Surfrider make environmentalism sexy: You can grab garbage off the sand anytime, but the suntanned blonds come out to clean at 10 a.m. today at Rivera Street and the Great Highway, S.F. Participation is free; call 665-4155 or visit www.sfsurfrider.org.
-- Hiya Swanhuyser